Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

About Us

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is an integral part of Indiana’s only quaternary care pediatric hospital, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.  Our highly trained sub-specialists, Intensivists, are prepared to intervene at the most critical moment of a family’s life journey, when their child’s life hangs in the balance.  Patients from across the state of Indiana are transported to us for interventions, procedures and treatment other hospitals are not equipped to perform.  The Children’s Hospital Association names Riley as a hospital with one of the highest acuity patient mixes in the United States.   

Riley’s PICU boasts a state-of-the-art 34 bed unit which provides care to critically ill infants, children and adolescents. This is a high-acuity, high occupancy clinical program. All pediatric medical subspecialties are represented and services provided include ECMO, dialysis, HFOV, and iNO administration. There is an active and high volume pediatric surgical sub-specialty presence including pediatric general surgery, trauma, cardiovascular surgery, solid organ transplantation (including cardiac, liver, renal and multi-visceral), ENT neurosurgery, and orthopedics. In addition, the PICU physicians manage a busy procedural sedation program and serve as medical command for a large state-wide transport team.

Our doctors also staff a 12 bed cardiac critical care unit providing outstanding care to all variations of pediatric cardiovascular illness including approximately 350-400 cardiovascular surgery cases performed annually by experienced and internationally recognized cardiovascular surgeons. The pediatric cardiac critical care physicians lead a multidisciplinary team consisting of pediatric cardiologists, dedicated nursing staff and pharmacist, nutritionists, nurse practitioners, and pediatric critical care fellows.

The collaborative model and high volume of patients provide both an exciting clinical experience for the Intensivists as well as a supportive environment and wealth of research and teaching opportunities for academic faculty. Services provided include ECMO, mechanical assist devices (e.g. Berlin-EXCOR, Pedi-Mag), renal replacement therapies, and all modes of mechanical ventilation including HFOV and APRV

We currently have twenty physicians in our team, as well as nine nurse practitioners.