What To Expect When Visiting PICU

What To Expect When Visiting PICU

What To Expect When Visiting PICU

It can be quite stressful and overwhelming if your child is in the hospital and more so if they are under specialised care like Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). A little understanding about PICU can help alleviate your fears throughout your child's hospitalization and help you feel better prepared to deal with the situation.

What is PICU?

When children are critically ill and require intensive and round the clock monitoring by a specially trained team, they are admitted to PICU. PICU allows for intensive nursing care and. It is equipped with state-of-the-art equipments to constantly monitor the heart rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure of the children which act as a window to the functioning of all the vital organs of the body. PICU is designed to provide the best of care to critically ill children and take necessary measures immediately in case of any impending crisis.

Facilities that make PICU at Bhagirathi Neotia Woman & Child Care Centre, New Town unique

When is a child sent to PICU?

A doctor is the best person to decide when the child should be sent to the PICU. When a child’s medical care needs cannot be met in the general section of the hospital, when he or she needs hourly monitoring and immediate intervention of critical conditions, he/ she is sent to the PICU.

Who takes care of children at PICU?

The PICU at Bhagirathi Neotia Woman & Child Care Centre, New Town, has highly competent, dedicated, intensive care trained medical personnel like pediatric intensivists, trained ICU nurses, specialists like surgeons, cardiologists, gastroenterologists etc. It houses modern equipment, technologies, and facilities with ventilators, monitors, bedside blood–gas machine, infusion pumps, syringe pumps and other equipment that are needed for critical care to ensure that your child receives the best care.

To learn more about our PICU, visit http://www.neotiahospital.com/newtown/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/PICU-Facility-newsletter_WEB_27.06.18.pdf.

What should parents and family do?

It can be emotionally tough for the family to see the child admitted to PICU, more so when the child has various invasive devices connected to them. As a parent or a family member, it is important that you are there to provide emotional support and love to your child. While doing so, it is important you observe the special PICU guidelines regarding visiting hours, hand hygiene, isolation policies and other directives of infection control guidelines. Parents can keep themselves updated about the progress of their child by being in regular communication with the intensivist.

How long does a child stay in PICU?

The duration of their stay depends upon their condition. While some children stay for days, some may need to stay for weeks or even months. The treating physician in tandem with the intensivist are the best persons to monitor and decide the course of actions. Decisions are taken on a day to day basis depending upon the clinical parameters and improvement observed in the child.

If you are in Kolkata and searching for children's hospital near me, visit Bhagirathi Neotia Woman and Child Care Centre, New Town. We are a leading child specialist hospital in Kolkata with a broad spectrum of services to offer.
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