The New BC Children’s Hospital Series – Level 4: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
If you enjoyed reading about the changes to Emergency on Level 1 of the new Children’s Hospital, we’re about to take it up a notch. Follow along as we travel up through the floors of the new hospital in part two of this blog series about the new BC Children’s, now under construction.
Today’s blog highlights the unique features of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to be located on Level 4 of the new hospital.
The PICU at BC Children's Hospital cares for more than 1,100 children every year. These children are suffering from the most severe illnesses and injuries in BC and many are staying for months at a time. These long stays were taken into consideration during the planning of the new hospital and a new 1,861-net-square-metre PICU will be built to make this stressful time a little easier for families.
When a child is severely ill, the risk of catching an infection can be very high because the child’s immune system is already busy trying to fight off the original illness. That’s why the new PICU will have sophisticated infection-control systems. The PICU will be divided into four “neighbourhoods,” each with private rooms that can be turned into isolation rooms to prevent hospital-acquired infections, as well as providing a quiet refuge for families during life’s most trying moments. Isolation of individual children or an entire neighbourhood will help reduce the risk of infections.
The new PICU will have 28 spacious, single rooms designed to support the most advanced technologies for life support, respiratory support and the safe administration of medication. And all of these rooms will have space for parents to stay with their kids 24-hours a day.
Stay tuned for the third and final part of the new BC Children’s Hospital blog series featuring Level 7 – the Children’s Cancer Centre, coming out next Wednesday, July 2, 2014.