The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH) is a 20-bed, multidisciplinary unit that provides critical care for medical and surgical patients of all ages.
Our division is actively involved in the education of both residents and medical students. Our fellows play an integral role in educating these rotating trainees.
Fellows in our Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Program spend
three years acquiring and enhancing the skills necessary to care
for complex, critically ill children of all ages and sizes. Through
formal lectures, multidisciplinary conferences, bedside teaching,
and simulation exercises, our faculty is committed to providing a
learning infrastructure whereby fellows can become excellent
clinicians, diligent researchers, and future leaders in the field
of critical care medicine.
Residents from categorical Pediatrics, Pediatric and Adult
Emergency Medicine, and Anesthesiology will all rotate through the
PICU as part of their training. An integral part of our team, they
are responsible for helping to admit patients, perform procedures,
and manage various aspects of care, including mechanical
ventilation, sedation, and vasoactive support. Overseen by the ICU
fellows, residents are encouraged to formulate care plans and
differential diagnoses and to participate in care conferences.
Bedside and didactic teaching sessions given by pediatric critical
care attending and fellow physicians are designed to help useful,
generalizable knowledge and principles to all residents,
irrespective of their career plans and goals.
Faculty physicians in our division are active in a wide variety of clinical research projects, which mirrors the diversity of their individual areas of expertise. Indeed, the research interests are captured in everything from multicenter trials to individual fellow projects. Trainees are mentored in the art of asking the right question and in the science of finding its answer.
Studying numerous aspects of critical illness, from optimal glycemic control to intubation patterns, Oishei Children's Hospital is an active participant in multicenter trials and international research networks. Self-sufficient investigations, such as an evaluation of our division's use of a novel, negative-pressure mode of ventilation in respiratory failure, are also ongoing in our PICU.
Finally, our trainees are fully supported as they formulate
projects to pursue their own inquiries, in everything from acute
kidney injury to nutrition. In addition, they are each guided in
the development of quality improvement initiatives, which seek to
enhance the basic tenets of inter-provider communication, patient
safety, and overall care.
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at OCH is a 20-bed unit serving approximately 1,200 patients per year. The only PICU in Western New York, it care for children of all ages and sizes, presenting with a wide range of medical and surgical needs. Patients have access to such therapies as high frequency ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide, general anesthesia for severe asthma, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
Our multidisciplinary PICU team consists of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, clinical pharmacists, social workers, and nutritionists, all working together to provide outstanding, family-centered care. The broad scope of pediatric subspecialties are also readily available at OCH, and our team works side-by-side with these experts to treat such conditions as traumatic brain injury, respiratory and cardiac failure, hematologic and oncologic emergencies, multi-organ dysfunction, and severe sepsis. In addition, our PICU team also serves as the critical care arm of the OCH Level 1 Trauma Center.
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