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Cardinal Glennon / Services & Programs / Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Intensive Care for Seriously Ill and Injured Children

The critical care medicine department at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital is on call 24 hours a day to provide the highest level of care to seriously-ill infants, children and adolescents. The expertise of our skilled specialists combined with state-of-the-art equipment enables us to meet the urgent needs of every child who comes through our doors.

Our team consists of board-certified SLUCare Physician Group critical care physicians, pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists and advanced practice nurses. Together, we offer life-saving care to children in areas throughout the hospital, including the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the Transitional Care Unit (TCU), the emergency room, and the operating room.

Emergency & Trauma

Our team works closely with our emergency and trauma specialists to provide advanced care in an emergency.

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Our Level IV NICU offers highly specialized care for newborns in a family-centered environment.

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Pediatric Transport

Our pediatric transport team ensures critically ill patients have faster access to the highest level of care.

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About the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Our skilled staff of board-certified critical care physicians and specially trained nurses care for more than 1,000 patient each year in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Our role centers around providing state-of-the-art respiratory and heart pressure/flow management of critically ill children, as well as children recovering from complex heart procedures and organ transplants. We are available around the clock to monitor your child's condition, so you can rest assured that your child is getting the care he or she needs.

Transitional Care Unit

As your child's condition improves, you may be transferred to our Transitional Care Unit (TCU). This unit provides comprehensive, coordinated care for our patients with medically complex conditions.

Family-Centered Care

We understand that a stay in the PICU is stressful for your child - and your family. Our PICU features 13 private and 3 semi-private rooms. To make this time a little easier, you are welcome to stay in the room with your child. In addition, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital offers a variety of services to support you while you are here, including the Ronald McDonald room, parent support groups, pastoral care, our Footprints Program, Child Life Services, and music therapy.

You can trust that the critical care team at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital has the expertise to handle the urgent decisions required in life-threatening situations. That experience, combined with our commitment to providing care with compassion, helps ensure the best possible outcomes for our young patients.

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