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Transitioning from PICU to the Pediatrics Unit

When a child no longer requires intensive care they will be transferred from the PICU to the Pediatric unit at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. The move from the PICU to the Pediatric unit can be a stressful time for children and their families, but this move is a positive step forward in a child’s recovery.

There are some significant differences between the PICU and the Pediatric unit because the care needs change.

What to expect:

  • Monitors on the Pediatric unit may differ from the PICU. Your child may not require continuous monitoring and may only require vital signs a few times a day. 
  • Since your child’s health is improving, your child’s hospital doctor will change when transitioning from the PICU to the Pediatric Inpatient unit. The pediatric intensivist will communicate with the pediatric unit doctor about your child’s medical stay.
  • The nurses on the Pediatric unit care for up to three or four patients per shift. They may not be at your child’s bedside at all times.
  • The Pediatric unit can sometimes be noisier than the PICU, since the children are feeling better; there are more visitors, and more activities. There is also a kitchen available to families with items, such as juice, coffee, and crackers. The Pediatric unit has an activity room, Ronald McDonald Family Room, and Atrium for use of patients and guests.

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