EIRMC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) treats children from newborn to age 18 who are critically injured or ill. We are the region’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
For very ill children, access to pediatric physician specialists and highly-specialized nursing staff is the key to a speedy recovery. EIRMC’s PICU offers:
- Pediatric Intensivists specially trained in pediatric critical care medicine, for the sickest youngsters.
- A multi-disciplinary team of specially trained pediatric RN’s; respiratory therapists; pediatric occupational, speech, and physical therapists; pharmacists; dieticians; and social workers and case managers.
- Specialized air transport team of pediatric nurses and respiratory therapists quickly and safely bring patients to EIRMC via fixed wing airplane, helicopter, and ambulance.
- Complex pediatric surgical capabilities supported by fellowship-trained and board-certified Pediatric Surgeon and Pediatric Anesthesiologist (the first and only program in the region).
- Child Life Specialists to help families and children cope with diagnosis, treatment and hospitalization.
- Ronald McDonald Room at EIRMC offers a comfortable place for parents of hospitalized children to eat, nap, relax, and sleep overnight.
- Private rooms with beds for parents to support their children during hospitalization.
Scope of Service
EIRMC’s PICU treats a wide spectrum of children’s serious illness and injuries.
- All manner of severe and life-threatening traumatic injury (Level II Trauma Center)
- Pediatric burn injury, including thermal, chemical, electrical, inhalation, friction burn/ road rash (EIRMC operates the only Burn Center in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota)
- Moderate to severe respiratory failure
- Complex neurologic conditions
- Bleeding disorders, anemias, and other blood dyscrasias
- Endocrine / metabolic diseases, or other electrolyte and metabolic abnormalities
- Gastrointestinal diseases, bleeding or foreign body needing emergency endoscopy
- Renal, cardiac, or multi-system diseases
- Perioperative care, acute care, or needing transfer from other health care facilities
- Application of special technology or medication