EIRMC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) treats children from newborn to age 18 who are critically injured or ill. We are region’s only PICU ran by fellowship-trained and board-certified pediatric intensive care physicians.

EIRMC has the full spectrum of intensive care services at EIRMC — from infants in NICU to children and teens in PICU to Adult ICU.

Services Available

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 RN’s and Respiratory Therapists transport critically ill babies and children via helicopter, airplane, and ground ambulance from other facilities to EIRMC.
  • 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