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We are the only
dedicated paediatric intensive care facility within New Zealand. PICU
provides a national service for children requiring intensive care for longer
than 24 hours and a regional service for all children requiring intensive care
or high dependency care. PICU's national service role is steadily growing with
more than half of children coming from outside the greater Auckland region.
The unit is a combined cardiac and general intensive care facility with a
physical capacity for 16 ICU beds along with a 6-bed high dependency area
(HDU), admitting approximately 1,000 children each year.
Approximately 45% of admissions are cardiac, providing pre- and post-operative
care for children undergoing treatment for congenital cardiac conditions.
General admissions include the full range of medical and surgical conditions and
therapies, including liver transplantation, spinal surgery and neurosurgery.
All intensive care support techniques are employed, including renal replacement
therapy, HFOV and ECMO.
PICU also staffs and
runs the only dedicated paediatric retrieval service in New Zealand.
Children are retrieved from throughout New Zealand and occasionally by
international flight from the South Pacific region. There are
approximately 300 retrievals each year, with a mix of road, fixed wing and
Family Centred Care
is the dominant philosophy within the unit and staff care for critically ill
children in partnership with the child's family/whanau. Parents' presence
at the bedside of their critically ill child is accepted as the norm, and
parents are not asked to leave for any procedures ranging from insertion of
intravenous lines to resuscitation.
If you wish to refer a patient, please follow the link to Clinician Resources.
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