Each child who is admitted to the PICU is seen by a physician who has specialty training in pediatrics and who subsequently received additional subspecialty training in pediatric critical care medicine. This type of doctor is known as an intensivist. The intensivist may be the primary manager of your child’s care or may work in concert with other physician specialists, e.g. a neurosurgeon. In either case, the intensivist’s role is to coordinate the care of the many physicians and other specialists who may be involved in your child’s care. The intensivist is available in the HackensackUMC PICU 24/7.
Our intensivists work with a highly trained group of nurses who have chosen to make intensive care their specialty. These are nurses who after graduation have undergone additional training in providing the many specialized services offered in a PICU. Admission to the PICU allows for more intensive nursing care and monitoring at the bedside. This allows your nurse to frequently re-evaluate your child’s condition and if there are any changes bring them to the attention of the treating physicians.
We are fortunate to have professionals from many disciplines such as respiratory therapy, child life, pharmacy, nutrition, social services and others working closely together as part of an integrated team designed to bring your child back to health as quickly as possible.