Clinical Programs

CHEO delivers specialized care and treatment to critically ill, injured or surgical patients in a 10-bed pediatric intensive care unit. This unit features technologically advanced capabilities, which is essential to the monitoring and treatment of patients.

Inpatient Care

The CHEO PICU provides care to critically ill and technologically-dependent infants, children and youth in Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and the Baffin Region of Nunavut. We serve a mixed medical, surgical, cardiovascular surgical and trauma population. We also provide physician coverage to the CHEO medical emergency team (called the SPOT team) and provide support to referring physicians through the extramural critical care response team service. We also provide continuous renal replacement therapy (CCRT) and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy. In 2013, we cared for 603 patients.

Outpatient Care

The PICU deals with inpatients only and delivers specialized care and treatment to critically ill, injured or surgical inpatients.  

Clinical Problems and Diseases Evaluated and Followed

  • Medical intensive care services
  • Cardiology
  • Central nervous system pathologies (e.g. increased ICP, seizures)
  • Gastrointestinal (including liver failure)
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Metabolic
  • Nephrology (including hemo and peritoneal dialysis and CVVH)
  • Respiratory (infectious and non-infectious) diseases
  • Sepsis
  • Toxic ingestions

Surgical Intensive Care Services

  • Burns
  • Cardiovascular surgery (open, closed, ECMO)
  • General surgery
  • Genitourinary
  • Neurosurgical
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Plastics/burns
  • Post-anesthetic recovery
  • Trauma
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