Welcome to the PICU & Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

The University of Virginia Children's Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) cares for critically ill or injured children. The unit has 14 beds including 11 private rooms with sleep space for parents. Our patient population ranges in age from birth to 21 years of age. Each year the PICU admits approximately 1,000 children to the unit through numerous referral sources.

Consultation & Referral Pediatric Transport

Consultation with the PICU attending is available 24 hours/day:

  1. Call the PICU directly at (434) 924-1761.
  2. Page the PICU attending on call at (434) 924-0211.
  3. Call Medical Information & Referral Services toll free at (800) 251-3627.

Transportation of critically ill children is available by neonatal and pediatric transport specialists via air or ground through the UVA Pegasus and NETS services. Prompt transport can be arranged by contacting the attending or fellow on call in the PICU at the numbers listed here.

The PICU is part of the UVA Children's Hospital, a tertiary/quaternary care institution serving the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Our team of professionals includes physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists, therapists and others who work with the child and family to accomplish the goals of care. Caregivers provide state-of-the-art techniques in monitoring acute neurological, metabolic, respiratory, and cardiovascular functions in critically ill children. In addition, we offer all forms of support for multiple or individual organ failure including high frequency ventilation (HFOV), extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), extra-corporeal renal (CVVHD) replacement therapy, inhaled nitric oxide and other novel pharmacologic therapies. Children also receive support and monitoring following a variety of surgical procedures by pediatric, cardiothoracic, orthopedic, plastic, ENT, urology, transplant and other pediatric surgical specialists.

The Division of Pediatric Critical Care is committed to excellence in caring for severely ill or injured children and their families, excellence in education and academic training for physicians, nurses, and ancillary staff, and excellence in research and investigations in basic science, clinical practice and translational research.