In the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), you will care for the sickest children in the hospital. Many PICUs provide care for both medical and postsurgical patients with a multidisciplinary team of intensivists, surgeons, subspecialists, specially trained nurses, and technical personnel. The goal of this rotation guide is to introduce important concepts and literature that will help you understand, make, and support decisions regarding care for critically ill children.
The following topics are addressed in this rotation guide:
Other relevant topics in Pediatric Critical Care are covered in the following rotation guides:
If you are interested in a career in critical care, see Next Steps for more information about conferences, training, and other opportunities.
A brief history of pediatric critical care medicine can be found here.
This rotation guide was developed by a collaborative team of contributors including:
Writers: Megan L. McBurnie, MD; Nathaniel Mosley, MD
Peer Reviewers: Zelda Ghersin, MD; Arianne Baker, MD; Youyang Yang, MD; and
Elizabeth Perzanowski, MD
Section Expert: Michael R. Flaherty, DO
Senior Editor: Shannon Scott-Vernaglia, MD
Last updated: April 2022 by Megan L. McBurnie, MD