The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is situated at the Children’s Hospital for Eastern Ontario (CHEO). CHEO is the lead hospital for pediatric trauma in the Ottawa region. CHEO's large service area includes not only Ottawa but also Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, Nunavut and parts of Northern Ontario. CHEO is a tertiary care teaching centre which serves a population of approximately 1.5 million people.
The PICU is a mixed medical, surgical and cardiovascular surgical unit. We provide extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support to approximately eight to 10 patients per year. We also provide continuous veno-venous hemofiltration (CVVH).