Johns Hopkins All Children's Critical Care Medicine

About Our PICU

The pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) combines compassionate care with advanced treatments to care for critically ill and injured children.

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is dedicated to caring for critically ill children. The board-certified and board-eligible pediatric intensive care specialists in our 28-bed PICU provide care to patients 24 hours a day.

The PICU team is specially trained in caring for children and supporting the needs of parents and families of children who are critically ill.

Our pediatric intensivists treat patients with life-threatening infections like pneumonia, meningitis, influenza and other respiratory illnesses. The PICU team works with medical and surgical specialists throughout the hospital to care for children recovering from surgeries.

Advanced treatments to help our patients heal

We offer one of the only pediatric extracorporeal liver dialysis service in the Tampa Bay area. Molecular Absorption Recirculating System (MARS) Liver Dialysis is a critical lifesaving technology for children whose livers are failing or low-functioning.

We also offer continuous renal replacement therapy for children with kidney failure or reduced kidney function who are recovering from or awaiting a transplant.

Children needing a ventilator to help them breathe or special medications to help their heart or other organs function more efficiently receive care in the PICU. Advanced forms of mechanical ventilation are also available to care for critically ill and injured children with life-threatening respiratory issues.

Conditions we treat in the PICU include:

  • Airway and respiratory (breathing) support including non-invasive and invasive ventilation
  • Automobile accidents
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Brain injury
  • Breathing disorders
  • Cardiovascular (heart) support
  • Care following major surgeries 
  • Childhood cancer
  • Drowning
  • Heart conditions
  • Ingestions
  • Kidney disease or injury
  • Liver support and MARS therapy
  • Neurologic (brain and spinal cord) support for seizures and other brain disorders
  • Palliative care
  • Renal support (dialysis)
  • Serious infections
  • Severe diabetes
  • Shock