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Critical Care

Our critical care units serve as regional and national referral centers.

Monroe Carell is the regional leader in pediatric critical care. Doctors and nurses who focus only on caring for critically ill children provide around-the-clock intensive and post-surgical care. We are committed to excellence in patient care, research, and training the next generation of intensive care physicians. Our faculty members work together with pediatric specialists throughout Monroe Carell to care for your critically ill child.

Why You Can Trust Critical Care at Monroe Carell

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    Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU)

    Many children admitted to Monroe Carell suffer from heart disease or heart problems diagnosed at or before birth. In our 23-bed PCICU, our specialized pediatric cardiac team cares for these children while they are critically ill and recovering from cardiac surgery. We include physicians, nurses, social workers, case managers, respiratory therapists, child life specialists and other team members trained in treating children with heart conditions.

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    Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

    Some children require critical and intensive care after surgery. Our 42-bed PICU provides highly specialized care for critically ill children. Monroe Carell is a major referral center for various pediatric subspecialties including trauma, organ transplantation and burns. Our doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and other team members care for children of all ages needing special medical attention. We also provide case managers, child life specialists and other support staff to help during your visit.

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    Highest-level NICU

    The NICU at Monroe Carell is rated Level IV by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is the highest possible classification. It means your baby will not be transported to another hospital, no matter how serious or complex their condition. Vanderbilt has specialists in both medical and surgical care, as well as specially trained anesthesiologists, who only treat children. This includes the smallest babies born before term.