Pediatric Specialties — Pediatric Critical Care
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Quality pediatric critical care is at the heart of Stony Brook Children's. In our 12-bed, pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), we provide the region's most advanced, family-centered critical care to Suffolk County's most seriously ill and injured children. The PICU is led by Margaret Parker, MD, MCCM, who was named a Master of Critical Care Medicine (MCCM) in 2014 by the Society of Critical Care Medicine. This honor recognizes long-standing achievements in critical care medicine, leadership, research and education on a national and international level, as well as exemplary character. To have a Stony Brook Children’s physician selected into this elite group elevates the program and gives the children of Suffolk County access to world class care.

Approximately 800 patients — many of whom are transferred to us from other hospitals — are admitted to Stony Brook Children’s PICU each year. Problems that may need critical care include complicated pre- and post-surgical care, injuries from accidents, serious infections and severe breathing problems. Patients can range in age from infants to early twenties.

While in the PICU, all patients receive close, constant attention from a team of specially trained health professionals overseen by attending pediatric intensivists — physicians specializing in the delivery of critical care to children. These pediatric intensivists are at Stony Brook 24/7. Among the sophisticated services we deliver are: continuous renal replacement therapy (dialysis), high frequency oscillatory ventilation (breathing machine), inhaled nitric oxide therapy, and moderate or deep sedation for children undergoing painful procedures, both on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

In addition, the Division of Pediatric Critical Care is extensively involved in research, education and family advocacy.