Critical Care Medicine

Emory Critical Care Medicine

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Welcome to the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Emory University. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta serves metropolitan Atlanta and the surrounding region, and thus has one of the largest pediatric service areas in the country. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's three free-standing children's hospitals (Egleston, Hughes Spalding, Scottish Rite) together in 2013 managed approximately 860,000 patient visits, with more than 25,000 hospital admissions, almost 38,000 surgeries, and over 200,000 Emergency Department visits.

Children's at Egleston serves as the primary pediatric academic, research, teaching, and advanced technologies hospital for the Emory University School of Medicine and provides quaternary-level pediatric care for the children in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The hospital is located adjacent to the Emory University undergraduate and School of Medicine campuses. It is the home to the Emory Department of Pediatrics training programs for Emory medical students, residents, and post-doctoral fellows (see the link: Department of Pediatrics).

The Egleston PICU serves for the most acute, critically ill patients. Our PICU is a 36 bed state-of-the-art medical-surgical interdisciplinary unit. Each room is single occupancy with airflow isolation, articulated equipment booms, and can handle care from the simple to the complex, such as surgical and cannulation procedures. Each room also has a sleeping space and full bathroom for families. We pride ourselves on family involvement in care, allowing full visitation and daily participation in family-centered rounds. In 2013, the Egleston PICU admitted >2,200 children and provided >9,000 patient-days. Since then, in 2014, we have grown from 30 beds to 36 beds. Other ICUs at Egleston include: Cardiac ICU (27 beds), Neonatal ICU (42 beds), and the Technology Dependent ICU (11 beds).

The Egleston PICU is staffed by 11 board certified Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) specialists and supports a fully accredited Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program, currently with nine fellows. Critical Care Medicine physicians provide care for children with the full range of pediatric critical illness, including liver, kidney, and bone marrow transplant patients. The unit offers a full array of advanced respiratory support, including non-invasive positive pressure ventilation, high frequency oscillatory ventilation, and inhaled nitric oxide. Children's at Egleston is the only Level 1 pediatric trauma center in Georgia. Children's at Egleston has an active extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) program, providing veno-venous (VV-ECMO) and veno-arterial (VA-ECMO) support. Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) and Apheresis are also a part of the Advanced Technology Program, which is a national and international leader in pediatric ECMO with more than 1,000 cases. To learn more about our ECMO services please click here: ECMO.

Children's Response is the third largest transport team in the country. It enables efficient and rapid transport with a dedicated pediatric team. Children's Response has 7 state-of-the-art mobile intensive care units, two helicopters (one of which can hold 2 patients, 1 parent, and 4 caregivers), and a fixed-wing air craft capability. Medical control for patient transports is provided by the PICU's Critical Care team.

The Division of Critical Care Medicine is an innovative group which strives for excellence in research, service to our organization, and devotion to training the next generation of intensivists, all while providing compassionate care for patients with acute, life-threatening disease and injury and their families.