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Pediatric Intensive Care Units

Intensive Care for Pediatric Patients

When older children have serious medical conditions or illnesses, they may be admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Sometimes a child’s condition requires more focused attention, such as children with severe breathing problems, serious infections, certain heart conditions, complications of diabetes, car accident victims, near drowning survivors, head or brain injury patients and those with pediatric cancer, lupus, sickle cell anemia or another blood disorder.

Our PICUs are designed and staffed to care for the most critically ill children and to provide the most comprehensive pediatric services. Our PICUs are focused on providing the best clinical care possible while promoting an emotionally supportive environment for the entire family. You can feel confident your child will receive the best medical care required.

Pediatric Transport Team

Our amazing teams of pediatric specialists transport sick and injured children to our hospitals for life-saving care. Our neonatal and pediatric transport teams are certified, trained and equipped to handle the most critical transports state-wide, including options for whole-body cooling, high-frequency ventilation and inhaled nitric oxide, 24/7.


PICUs Across Our Health System

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

The 40-bed unit is fully staffed with highly specialized pediatric critical care doctors available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The specially trained PICU team focuses on the unique challenges of caring for children and is prepared to care for a wide variety of life-threatening pediatric cases and conditions.

Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Not only is our PICU the only one in Acadiana, our 13-bed unit is one of the only units in the state that allows you to sleep at your child’s bedside. Our Board Certified pediatric intensivists, emergency nurse pediatric course-trained nurses and other medical professionals provide the specialized, focused care your child needs.

St. Francis Medical Center Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

The six-bed PICU at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe is the only one in Northeast Louisiana. Our Level II PICU provides the most extensive pediatric services in the region provided by highly trained medical experts.

Making the Hospital a Less Scary Place

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