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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Baby in PICU

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Cook Children's Medical Center cares for children with life-threatening illnesses or injuries.

This includes treatment for illnesses such as multi-system trauma, respiratory distress/failure, infections and shock.

The unit also cares for children recovering from procedures such as cardiothoracic surgeries, brain surgeries, kidney transplants and spinal surgeries. These children require life support and/or intensive monitoring.

On-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week are two physician specialists (board certified in pediatric intensive care or board certified pediatric cardiologist) and a nurse practitioner trained in pediatric intensive care. Specialty physicians, such as neurologists, pulmonologists, oncologists and cardiologists, are available for consultation or referrals

Services include

  • Level I Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Respiratory management with conventional and oscillatory ventilation
  • Continuous renal replacement therapy and dialysis services
  • Specialty gases for respiratory support such as heliox (a blend of oxygen and helium), nitrogen (for subatmospheric oxygen therapy) and nitric oxide
  • Level II trauma services


PICU transport can be provided by Cook Children's Teddy Bear Transport, one of only a handful of neonatal and pediatric transport teams in the world to receive certification by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services. Services include ambulance, helicopter and fixed-wing airplane (aviation services are provided by Air Methods). The team is also one of the first to utilize nitric oxide and nitrogen on transports.


Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is available for critically ill infants and children with lung or heart problems, or certain birth anomalies. ECMO is similar to the adult cardiac bypass procedure. The ECMO equipment includes a pump, artificial lung, filter and blood warmer that allows blood to bypass the patient's heart and lungs. This allows the heart and lungs to rest, heal and/or grow, in hopes that, after ECMO, the organs will function normally and the child will recover.

Contact and Locations

Have a question? If you would like to speak to our staff, please call 682-885-4268.

Cook Children's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
801 Seventh Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
682-885-4268 phone

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