I wanted to see if medicine might learn from other professionals who need to perform their tasks in a swirling, often confusing, high-stakes environment. The aviation industry seemed like a natural place to look, so I spoke to Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the famed “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot.
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After examining the literature, I realized that many of the assumptions nurses make about the needs and stressors of parents are inaccurate. I thought that this gap could be addressed by an educational effort to ensure that nurses were aware of the research.
A year has passed since that night which unraveled with searing speed. I’ve replayed the events many times and every time I cry. I remember all of it with clarity and I still marvel at the moments of gratitude that arose throughout the experience.
these guidelines, the scope of pediatric critical care services is discussed, including organizational and administrative structure, hospital facilities and services, personnel, drugs and equipment, quality monitoring, and
training and continuing education.
Great PICU nurses are born, as you say, and not made. We're part mother hen, part mother tiger... we protect our patients in whatever manner is needed at the time.
I practice a new medical specialty – pediatric critical care medicine – and I do my work in the pediatric intensive care unit, or PICU. We practitioners of this new specialty are called “pediatric intensivists.” Our specialty has been officially recognized by the American Board of Pediatrics for barely twenty years. It grew from hospitals’ desire to bring together in one place all critically ill and injured children, whether their particular problems involved their heads or their hearts, because all of these children and their families share many common needs.
The medical team meets every day, usually in the morning, to discuss each patient's case in detail; these discussions are known as rounds. You may see a group of doctors, nurses, and others walking from patient to patient, planning the medical care for each patient. During rounds, you may be asked to stay in your child's room or instructed to not enter or exit the PICU. This is to protect the privacy of other patients.
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a world unto itself — separate from the time and space that gives order to our routine lives. It’s eerily quiet and deafeningly loud at the same time — with people talking in hushed voices amidst the cacophony of beeps and alarms that never stop.
In many pediatric centers, cardiovascular disease is the single largest category of patients in a critical care unit. Specialization of care for these patients requires personnel with skills and knowledge that are derived from many disciplines, not confined to critical care, cardiology, cardiac surgery or anesthesia. PCICS promotes excellence in pediatric cardiac critical care medicine.
Creating a global environment where all children have access to a high standard care.