Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland provides advanced care for children with a wide variety of life-threatening issues, such as severe infections, respiratory diseases, trauma, and complex post-operative care. Children's Hospital Oakland has the largest pediatric inpatient Critical Care Unit in the region and is the only free-standing children’s hospital in the Bay Area with an ACS Pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center. Children's PICU is recognized for providing expert care for kids, 24/7.

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Why Families Choose Us

Access to All Hospital Resources and Subspecialties

  • Our PICU offers access to 31 subspecialties and the most advanced technology available and is dedicated to providing the highest level of medical care to our pediatric patients.
  • Subspecialty services available through the PICU include neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, orthopedics, general surgery, cardiology, pulmonary, hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplant.

Child-Focused Care for All of Northern California

  • Patient care in the PICU always provides family-centered treatment that is developmentally- and age-appropriate, compassionate, and effective for the treatment of various health problems.
  • Approximately one-third of our critical care patient population comes from hospitals as far away as Nevada, who rely on the expertise and experience of Children’s Hospital Oakland to handle the most challenging cases.

Critical Care Support Staff

  • Many of our critical care nurses and nurse specialists have been at Children's for 20 years or more, and take an active role in training more junior colleagues.
  • Additional members of the team include respiratory therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists, and two social workers dedicated exclusively to Critical Care. We share the services of Children's Hospital Oakland physical therapists, occupational therapists, chaplain, and child life workers.

Your Child Receives More than Just a One-Time Treatment

  • Many patients in our PICU go on to receive direct patient care, post-operative care, inter-facility transport program, and trauma care within the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland network.
  • Together with the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland offers academic, clinical, and research experience to the next generation of pediatric specialists.

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