INTEGRIS Children's

Pediatric Intensive Care

Pediatric critical care is provided by a highly specialized group of nurses and physicians trained to care for the critically ill child. Our two pediatric intensivists, physicians that have been trained in pediatric critical care, are on available 24/7 to provide comprehensive care. The nursing staff consists of all registered nurses that have received additional training to care for critically ill children. Our staff cares for children with pulmonary diseases (i.e. RSV, Cystic Fibrosis, pneumonia and asthma), gastrointestinal disorders (i.e. reflux, autoimmune disorders and abdominal surgeries), endocrine disorders and infectious diseases. 

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families by providing supportive and compassionate health care throughout all stages of life.

Referrals:

All requests for a bed in the PICU are to be made through the Pediatric Intensivist by calling 405-949-4101.

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Additional Information

Few events are as stressful for a child as being admitted to the hospital. Many children enter the hospital feeling afraid and apprehensive because of the unfamiliar environment, pain or discomfort and separation from parents and family.

If your child is having a scheduled admission to the hospital for surgery we recommend arranging for a tour for your family. Our experience has shown that a child adjusts better to the hospital if they have toured the unit and met the staff prior to admission. Call 405-949-4101 to arrange a tour.

For Parents

Our health care team that is expert in care of very sick children is here to take care of your child. The first sight of your child in the Intensive Care Unit can be upsetting and confusing. Your child may not recognize you and will be laying in bed, connected to machines with lines and tubes, and may be given medicine to stay still. Each of the wires and tubes you see is there to help the doctors and nurses care for your child.

You are an important part of your child’s recovery and your presence is needed during this time. Ask questions to stay informed. Feel free to ask questions as many times as you need. During this stressful time it is difficult to remember everything that has been said to you, our staff understands this. Participate in your child’s care when appropriate by asking how you can help bathe or feed. Bring in pictures of your child and family. This helps us see your child the way you do. Bring in favorite toys, blankets or music that is comforting to your child. Take care of yourself. You will need to take breaks to eat a proper meal and get a good night’s sleep.

Siblings and Visitors

Siblings over the age of twelve may visit for brief periods.

Only two visitors at a time may be at the bedside from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 9 p.m.. Parents may visit at anytime with only one person at the bedside from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Visitors may be asked to leave at anytime for doctor visit or patient privacy. Accommodations are available for one family member to stay the night in the PICU waiting room. All food and drinks must be consumed outside the PICU. You may have a drink with a lid in the patient room.

Below are just some of the conditions/issues treated at the INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Oklahoma City.

Can my child’s sibling visit?

Only siblings over the age of twelve may visit in the PICU.

Can family and friends visit?

Only two visitors are allowed at a time in your child’s room. Others may come and visit with you in our waiting room.

Can I stay with my child?

One parent is allowed to stay in the room all night but there are not sleeping accommodations available at your child’s bedside. There is room for one parent to sleep in the PICU waiting room at night. We highly encourage one parent to return home each night to get a good’s night rest to help spell off the staying parent the next day.

Ventilators

Your child may have a breathing tube to help them breath. The nurses and doctors will explain the plan of care with you regarding medication while on the ventilator, how your child is doing and potential length of time the ventilator will be used.