Pediatric Intensive Care

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Logan Health Children's is elevating and transforming the way pediatric care is delivered to our region, saving the lives and improving the health of children for generations to come. Our brand new facility is home to the most technologically advanced pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) in the state of Montana. We are equipped to care for the most serious and complex pediatric conditions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

With some of the best outcomes in the state of Montana and a consistent focus on compassionate and child-friendly care, our PICU teams help patients and their families achieve the best possible future following significant illness, injury or surgery.

What is a PICU?

The Logan Health Children's pediatric intensive care unit is where the highest level of care can be provided to children—any youngster from one to two days old up to 18 years. In the PICU, the young patient is cared for by a team of health care workers specially trained to deal with these critical situations. The nurses in the PICU are highly specialized and are experienced dealing with the diseases and physiologic changes seen in these patients. We also rely heavily on the expertise of respiratory therapists who help run the machines needed to support children with breathing issues. Child Life therapy addresses the needs of the child and family to help understand their situation and cope with the stress of being hospitalized; and physical therapists and speech therapists are committed to supporting the child during the critical illness and especially during recovery.

Dietitians and pharmacists are readily available to advise us in our choices for nourishing the children and providing just the right medications at the right doses. And, of course, our social workers are always on hand to help support the patient’s parents and family members for whom the experience in the PICU can be exhausting, scary and disruptive to their normal lives.

What does our PICU treat?

At Logan Health Childrens, we are fully equipped to diagnose, treat and support your child in our Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs). Our pediatric providers, specialists, nurses, and child life teams understand that a child’s medical and emotional needs are different from adults. We use specialized equipment that can help us meet the needs of even the smallest of children, and our pediatric techniques provide the care kids need to thrive. No matter what your child’s health condition, you can be confident in our experience and skill in treating it in our PICUs.

Conditions that commonly cause critical illness and injury include:
  • Severe infection
  • Poisoning
  • Drug overdose
  • Trauma
  • Extensive surgery
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Immunological disorders

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Patients in the PICU are cared for by physicians called pediatric intensivists. These specialized physicians can provide advanced diagnostic and therapeutic measures to foster the patient’s recovery. We provide a full complement of neuro-critical care services in conjunction with pediatric neurology and pediatric neurosurgery. We work closely with our pediatric cardiology team to provide full medical support for children with cardiac disease and we have the capability of treating respiratory failure with advanced ventilator techniques such as high flow oscillatory ventilation. In addition, our pediatric intensivists can provide procedural sedation for any child in the hospital.

The pediatric intensive care unit is where the highest level of care can be provided to children—any youngster from one to two days old up to 18 years. In the PICU, the young patient is cared for by a team of health care workers specially trained to deal with these critical situations. The nurses in the PICU are highly specialized and are experienced dealing with the diseases and physiologic changes seen in these patients. We also rely heavily on the expertise of respiratory therapists who help run the machines needed to support children with breathing issues. Child Life therapy addresses the needs of the child and family to help understand their situation and cope with the stress of being hospitalized; and physical therapists and speech therapists are committed to supporting the child during the critical illness and especially during recovery. Dietitians and pharmacists are readily available to advise us in our choices for nourishing the children and providing just the right medications at the right doses. And, of course, our social workers are always on hand to help support the patient’s parents and family members for whom the experience in the PICU can be exhausting, scary and disruptive to their normal lives.