Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

If your child is seriously injured, sick or requires a complex medical procedure, you’ll be reassured to know that Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital offers highly specialized care and attention from a staff of compassionate doctors and nurses who’ve completed extensive training in the care of critically ill infants and children. We have the area’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), providing specialized medical and nursing care for infants and children up to 18 years old who are critically ill or injured. The PICU is also where children who have undergone complex pediatric surgical procedures will come to recover and regain their strength.

To ensure the best healing environment, families are welcome to stay with patients in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at CCCH.


We commonly perform the following procedures and diagnostic tests:

  • Cardiac and blood pressure monitoring
  • Hemodynamic support
  • IV fluids/therapy
  • IV pain medications
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Non–invasive ventilation
  • Procedural sedation

Our staff of nurses provides continuous bedside monitoring of vital signs, IV administration, observation of bodily functions and diaper supply. Our team is specially trained to provide pediatric patients with the accommodations, treatments and medications to ensure the highest possible level of comfort.


At CCCH, parents/primary caregivers are not seen as visitors, but as integral members of the care team. Parents are welcome to stay with their child as long as they want and may come and go freely. If a parent is unable to stay with the child, another adult family member may stay with the child instead.

Other family and friends may visit anytime. Visitors must be at least 12 years old and in good health. Family and friends may also visit parents in the family waiting room at any time. Please check with your child’s nurse if you have questions concerning visitation guidelines.