Welcome to the

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Our experts care for children who have serious medical conditions, from infancy through young adulthood.

In the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, we specialize in providing care for children with serious health problems. Your child may require care in the PICU for any condition that seriously affects a major organ, including the brain, lungs, heart, kidneys, or liver. The serious medical conditions treated here include brain or spinal cord conditions, epilepsy, lung conditions, blood disorders, cancerous conditions, heart problems, infectious diseases, endocrine disorders, and bone or joint conditions.

Our pediatric critical care team is prepared to meet your child’s specialized needs with the most advanced technology. We offer several types of mechanical ventilation strategies for children who have trouble breathing on their own, and we have a team of pediatric specialists who are trained in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy. ECMO therapy helps circulate blood in children who have severe heart or lung failure.

Nurse with Pediatric Patient

Members of our team are in the hospital and available to you and your child 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our physicians, residents, PICU care team of physician assistants, and respiratory therapists work closely with the following specialists:

  • cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons
  • ear, nose, and throat doctors
  • epileptologists
  • gastroenterologists
  • hematologists
  • infectious disease specialists
  • nephrologists
  • neurologists and neurosurgeons
  • oncologists
  • orthopedic surgeons
  • plastic surgeons
  • pulmonologists

You and your child also receive extensive services and support from a team of pediatric pharmacists, social workers, child life specialists, nutritionists, speech–language pathologists, and pediatric rehabilitation specialists.

Parents are an essential part of a child’s healing process and you know your child best. You are important members of the healthcare team. Your child’s medical team meets twice a day to discuss your child’s health and collaborate on treatment decisions. Parents are encouraged to attend these meetings to understand the plan of care, ask questions, and share observations. You can also call our staff at any time to receive updates about your child.

We anticipate and are responsive to your family’s needs along with those of your child, and we strive to work together with you to provide the best care and support possible.

More About the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

More About the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone

Our pediatric experts provide the best care possible for children with conditions ranging from minor illnesses to complex, more serious conditions.

Learn More