Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
As the only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in Northern Arizona, our mission is to provide exceptional care to critically ill children and their families, close to home. Every child is special and children are not little adults. Therefore, when a child is very ill with a potentially life-threatening illness or injury, he or she has special needs. The four-bed PICU at FMC can provide this unique care.
- Continuous monitoring of heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, oxygen level and other variables
- PICU nurses care for one or two patients to provide close assessment
- Daily rounds that include the entire PICU team to discuss patient progress, goals, etc.
- Family-centered environment that encourages families to be involved in their child’s hospital care
Using child-specific and age-appropriate equipment and technology, our highly trained staff provides care that is patient-focused and family-centered. The team members include:
- Pediatric Intensivists (physicians who specialize in the care of critically ill children)
- Specially trained PICU nurses and respiratory therapists
- Clinical Pharmacists
- Occupational and Physical Therapists
- Care Coordinators and Social Workers
The goal of the team is to provide expert treatment while providing physical, emotional and social support. Parents and other significant family members are encouraged to visit at any time and there is a family waiting room near the PICU. Overnight accommodations also can be arranged near the hospital for immediate family.
Because of the close proximity to the general Pediatric Department, when a child no longer requires intensive care, the transfer process is simplified. Likewise, if a pediatric patient’s condition worsens, the PICU is only steps away.