Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Critical Care Medicine

The Critical Care Medicine department at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital provides care for critically ill children of all ages, from infants to teenagers.

The Critical Care Medicine team treats children receiving specialized care for life-threatening conditions at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Whether your child is recovering from surgery, receiving treatment for an illness or healing from a traumatic injury, our critical care team works closely with specialists throughout the hospital to provide your child with the best care.

Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins All Children’s is comprised of three specialized units:

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

The doctors, nurses and support staff in our PICU are experts in treating pediatric medical and surgical emergencies, including trauma and work closely with medical and surgical specialists throughout the hospital to care for children recovering from surgeries.

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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

As a Regional Level IV NICU, designated by the American Academy of Pediatrics, we care for the most critically ill babies in a 17-county area. Our experienced, compassionate team is dedicated to helping our littlest and most vulnerable patients heal and grow until their families are able to take them home.

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Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)

Patients with congenital heart defects, cardiovascular disorders or those recovering from heart surgery or transplant receive care in our CVICU. The pediatric cardiologists and surgeons in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute work closely with the specially trained critical care staff in our CVICU, which is outfitted with pediatric equipment to provide the best care for our patients.

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Other critical care programs include:

Dedicated Transport Team

Many of our patients arrive from other areas and regional hospitals and their first encounter with critical care is through LifeLine, our dedicated pediatric transport team. Our LifeLine transport team is specially trained in the emergency medical transport of children and infants, which requires both technical skills and emotional sensitivity.

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Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) Program

CDH is a birth defect in which the diaphragm—the muscle that separates the abdomen from the chest—does not develop completely, causing a hole where abdominal organs can migrate into the chest. When that happens, it doesn’t leave enough space for the lungs to develop, making it hard for the baby to breath. The treatment of CDH is complex and may require multiple surgeries and recovery on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a complex form of life support that acts as a baby’s heart and lungs to deliver oxygen to the baby’s blood during recovery. The CDH team at Johns Hopkins All Children’s specializes in treating the most severe cases of CDH.

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Research in a Critical Care Environment

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital’s commitment to advancing medicine is evident through our participation in research efforts. Our critical care physicians and advanced practice providers are involved in many different clinical research projects. Some of our faculty are actively involved with national and international medical societies that work to foster research in the area of intensive care medicine.

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