Critical Care Medicine



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The Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine strives for excellence in patient care, research, and fellowship training. Our Division provides comprehensive services for a wide variety of critically ill medical and surgical patients with acute, life-threatening disease and injury. Our Division includes the 16-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and the 13-bed Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU), which are state-of-the-art critical care units designed to meet the needs of our patients and families. Care is also provided in a nine-bed Pediatric Progressive Care Unit.

Medical and surgical subspecialists from all disciplines are immediately available in the PICU and PCICU. Areas of subspecialty expertise include congenital heart disease, cardiovascular surgery, respiratory failure, neurosurgery, stem cell transplantation, immunodeficiencies, hematologic and oncologic emergencies, sepsis, and multiorgan system dysfunction. Available advanced treatment modalities include Extracorporeal Life Support (neonatal, pediatric, and cardiac ECMO), high frequency ventilation, nitric oxide therapy, non-invasive ventilation, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Twenty-four-hour-a-day critical care consultation is available.  


Baby Battling Enterovirus D68 Saved by Innovative Technique - Duke and WakeMed teamed up to save the life of this baby girl, Sophie McGehee, who was weakened by the Enterovirus D68. A life-saving technique using Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), at Duke, made the difference. 

Mobile Life Support Assists in Transplants - Duke has a new way to keep transplant patients alive longer. David Turner, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, was part of the team that helped create the modified ECMO machine.

Patient Story: Madison Smith - Madison Smith came to Duke Children's Emergency Services in respiratory failure. Watch her journey from pediatric intensive care to health. 


NC Teens Bond Over Heart Transplants - One Asheville girl on the transplant list wasn't sure she wanted to go through with it until she met a new friend who changed her mind.