Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
At Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, the very core of our hospital is the unparalleled level of superior care provided to children who are in critical and serious condition. The Pediatric Critical Care Unit opened in 1978 at Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) with only five critical care beds, expanding to a 10-bed unit in 1983.
The Pediatric Critical Care team moved to Orlando Health Arnold Palmer when it opened in 1989 and became the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Pediatric Special Care Unit (PSCU). Today, we operate a 17-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a 22-bed Pediatric Special Care Unit.
Orlando Health Arnold Palmer is qualified to perform complex surgical procedures and treat children who have been diagnosed with severe traumatic injuries, burns, near drowning, severe respiratory compromise and sepsis, as well as hematologic and oncologic emergencies. The Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Special Care units provide the type of highly focused, individualized attention that seriously ill children need to heal.
Our multidisciplinary teams consist of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, clinical technicians, Child Life specialists, Patient and Family Counseling and chaplains. Staff from the Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Pediatric Rehabilitation Program, Orlando Health Laboratory Services, Orlando Health Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging, and Orlando Health Pharmacy may also be involved in each child’s care.
We know kids can get comfortable with a certain nurse, so we try to assign the same nurses to care for each child. We hope this continuity of care will provide for the child’s quick return to health and a greater sense of comfort for parents. Our Child Life specialists are trained in child growth and development, and are able to provide age appropriate activities to help children recover. If a child is in the hospital for a surgical procedure, the specialist will spend time teaching both the child and parents about operative procedures to help increase understanding and alleviate anxiety.
For more information on patient transfer services to Orlando Health Arnold Palmer, please call (407) 649-6838.