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Critical Care Medicine

When it comes to pediatric emergency services in the Bay Area, there's no substitute for a specialty children’s hospital. Since young patients are at greater risk for serious breathing problems, less tolerant of blood loss, and more vulnerable to head injury, they require distinct tests and equipment for their smaller bodies. The younger the child, the smaller the margin for error, and that is where UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland makes all the difference. With a dedicated team of experts who work solely with children, we're the leading pediatric emergency service provider in Northern California.

Critical Care Medicine

Cardiovascular Intensive Care (CICU): The CICU cares for patients with conditions ranging from complex cardiac cases and congenital disorders to non-surgical conditions that need constant monitored care in state-of-the-art recovery suites and 24/7 monitoring by staff of board-certified cardiologists and pediatric specialists.

Emergency Medicine: The Emergency Department at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland offers the Bay Area’s only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center and is the leading provider of pediatric emergency services in Northern California.

Infant Intestinal Intensive Care Unit (GI-NICU): We are the leading GI pediatric center in Northern California, and one of the top facilities in the United States. We've pioneered many of the treatments offered in neonatal gastroenterology, and our GI NICU Program is designed to go beyond surgical intervention.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): Our highly-advanced NICU facilities provide care to infants who require intensive multidisciplinary and specialist care, as well as monitoring and support of vital functions beyond those available in the general pediatric unit or community hospital

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU): Children’s Hospital Oakland is regionally the largest pediatric inpatient Critical Care Unit and is an ACS verified Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center (one of only five in California) in the region. Children's PICU is recognized for providing expert care for kids, 24/7.

Trauma Care: The Trauma Care Center at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland is Oakland is an ACS verified Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center (one of only five in California) and is dedicated exclusively to caring for children. Staffed with board-certified pediatric emergency medicine specialists, the Trauma Care Center provides immediate highly-specialized pediatric emergency services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Emergency Services Recognized and Sanctioned by the State of California

  • In many parts of the country, paramedics and Emergency Department staff lack the appropriate training for emergency pediatric medicine, but Children’s Hospital Oakland is the exception. In-house staff and resources include Emergency Department attending physicians who are specialists in pediatric emergency medicine, trauma surgery, anesthesiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, diagnostic imaging, and critical care.
  • Our emergency facilities are staffed with board-certified pediatric emergency medicine specialists who are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more intensive care, critical medical and surgical divisions are on call at all times.
  • We hold an Emergency Medicine Services for Children (EMS-C) designation and approval from the State of California to function as a Pediatric Critical Care Center (PCCC), a distinction which marks us as a center of excellence in all areas of pediatric care, from emergency and intensive care through rehabilitation services. We're the only PCCC in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Emergency Department and Trauma Center

  • The Emergency Department at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland is an ACS verified Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center (one of only five in California) and is dedicated exclusively to caring for children.
  • The Emergency Department 2 area at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland is a specially-designated facility for those patients coming to the Emergency Department who need immediate attention but who aren’t at the trauma level.