Pediatric critical care units at Children’s

Children’s Minnesota provides cardiovascular and critical care in three units designed especially for treating children with critical care needs.

Children’s – Minneapolis Cardiovascular Care Center

The Cardiovascular Care Center (CVCC) at Children’s – Minneapolis is ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation for cardiovascular care. A 19-bed unit, the CVCC provides full range of care, from imaging tests to pioneering surgeries for babies, children, teen and adults born with heart defects.

The team implements a best-practice care model, which integrates admission services, diagnostics, outpatient and inpatient cardiac catheterization, surgical procedures, discharge services, and long-term follow-up care services, all in a single location.

Children’s – Minneapolis Pediatric Critical Care Unit

The Children’s – Minneapolis Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a multidisciplinary, intensive care facility providing 31 staffed beds for critically ill infants (older than 10 days), children and adolescents. The majority of PICU patients require respiratory, cardiovascular or neurologic support for a variety of medical and surgical conditions.

Although the unit is equipped and staffed to provide care for the full spectrum of pediatric critical illnesses, surgical admissions are the most common. Less common disorders, such as inborn errors of metabolism, primary renal and endocrinologic abnormalities, immunological deficiencies, and hematologic/oncologic emergencies are a growing percentage of PICU admissions.

Children’s – St. Paul Pediatric Critical Care Unit

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Children’s – St. Paul provides 12 staffed beds for critically ill children of ages one month to 20 years. The unit handles all forms of medical and surgical illnesses, including cardiac and respiratory failure, neurological deterioration, metabolic problems, and multi-system trauma.

Specialized services include non-invasive and invasive hemodynamic, respiratory and neurological monitoring; isolation capability for infectious diseases; and a full complement of medical and surgical sub-specialists for consultation on any pediatric specialty problem.


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