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You will work closely with the staff in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). The PICU staff has special training in intensive care. Here are some of the people and what they do.
The staff provides medical care. But children and their families have a support network too. Family and friends can give children the things they can give best: love, hugs, support, and more.
The staff on your child's care team knows that this is all new to you. They expect you to have questions. And they'll do their best to answer them.
It's a good idea to keep a running list of questions to refer to when you're in the PICU. Write them down.
The PICU can be a stressful place for you and for the staff. Events in the PICU can happen quickly. Communication can sometimes suffer. With this in mind, be prepared for:
If there are problems, feel free to speak up. Talk directly about what concerns you. Let the staff know what you expect to happen instead. If needed, you can also ask for a meeting between your family and the care team.
You'll often come to the PICU and find different people working there. This is normal.
Nurses and doctors go on and off duty with shift changes. Doctors and specialists may change as they care for other people in the PICU. Doctors and nurses get updated on your child's condition when they come on shift.
Know that the hospital staff is well prepared to care for children in the PICU. They will do everything they can to help.
You can ask for support from friends and family. You and your loved ones can also ask the hospital staff about counselling and support.
Current as of: August 21, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Thomas Emmett Francoeur MD MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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