Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

The PICU aims to provide a coordinated approach for improving the quality and safety of care for critically ill pediatric patients at N.C. Children's Hospital. The PICU Clinical Operations group, comprised of physician leaders, nurse managers, pediatric respiratory therapy manager, infection control nurse liaisons, and case manager, meets monthly to oversee a variety of education, quality, and patient safety initiatives. A larger multidisciplinary advisory group meets quarterly to review team progress, address issues impeding progress, and share lessons learned. Measures related to our goals of eliminating hospital-acquired infections and implementing patient- and family-centered care are followed on our quality dashboard.

PICU family advisors participate in the multidisciplinary advisory group, as well as project teams and focus groups. A Six Sigma Green Belt project, which included a family advisor team member, focused on improving daily communication between the PICU care team and patients/families. Click on the image to the right to review project results.

We partner with family advisors to create and refine tools and other materials, ensuring a patient- and family-centered approach. Please visit our For Parents page to learn more about what to expect in the PICU.


Quick Links

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
PICU Nursing

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Visit the PICU Dashboard, News, and Toolkit pages to learn more.