Pediatric Critical Care Unit
What is it?
Loyola's 14-bed Pediatric Critical Care Unit specializes in the medical care of critically ill infants, children, and teenagers. This unit includes complex technology to assist patients with breathing (mechanical ventilators) and patient monitoring capabilities for heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. It was designed with kid-friendly amenities and, just as importantly, was built to be a place where families feel comfortable.
Our team of physicians, surgeons, and nurses who round each morning include parents in their discussions to explain complicated medical issues and collaboratively develop a plan of care. By having pediatric care in one unit, our pediatric specialists are almost always available. In the case that a specialist is not on site, we offer telemedicine technology that allows a doctor to see a child, talk to parents, consult with staff and even use a stethoscope.
The critical care unit has a dedicated space inside the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. This recognized center of pediatric care features bright murals, playrooms, pet therapy, and many comforts of home. Since we focus on taking care of children, we're experienced with helping pediatric patients feel comfortable during their stay. Children under our care will benefit from the help of a member of our Child Life services team, a person who will offer play therapy and distraction therapy.
The Ronald McDonald House Near Loyola, an 18-bedroom facility adjacent to the Loyola University Medical Center campus, provides housing for families of children undergoing treatment for long-term illnesses.