Children with a serious injury or illness that requires special monitoring and continuous observation may need to stay in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Gundersen’s PICU has specially trained staff, led by pediatric intensive care doctors, to care for children of the La Crosse area and surrounding communities.
Children cared for in the PICU range from newborns after discharge from the hospital all the way up to young adults 18 years of age. The PICU has four private rooms located next to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Many of the patients are admitted to the PICU for one of the following reasons:
- Have been injured in an accident
- Need close observation after surgery
- Require treatment of an acute illness
The staff of the PICU focuses on family centered care. Family centered care means:
- Families are included in decision-making and are updated frequently.
- Parents are encouraged to be involved in daily routines and personal care.
- Families are encouraged to offer suggestions for their child’s care.
As a child’s health improves, the PICU staff will help families move to a pediatric floor for ongoing care or to prepare for going home.