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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital is one of the most sophisticated facilities for pediatric critical care in the northeast featuring the latest in design and technology, including one positive pressure room and two negative pressure rooms. There are eight single-bed private rooms allowing family members to stay with their child and provide constant family support.

Our PICU offers high level intensive care for more than 450 critically ill children each year. Our doctors and nurses, on-site or on-call 24 hours a day, are specially trained in pediatric critical care medicine. The ratio of nurses to patient is higher than the general pediatric unit to ensure constant monitoring and care for each young patient. Our providers have the expertise to care for children with:

  • acute critical illness
  • serious injuries from accidents
  • burns
  • severe neurological illness or injury
  • organ failure
  • those who have undergone complex surgery

This expert care includes advanced therapies in invasive and non-invasive respiratory support, sophisticated monitoring techniques, and administering certain medications that require close medical supervision. When patients are ready to transition, the proximity to the BBCH inpatient unit provides a continuity of care for patients and their families.

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The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital is a department of Maine Medical Center