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July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011
PICU Admissions: 1,977
Average Length of Stay*: 3.3
Average Daily Census*: 18
Total Patient Days*: 6,624
Number of Beds: 25
* Excludes observation patients
Pediatric intensivists who are board certified/eligible in pediatric critical care medicine provide 24-hour on-site, attending-level inpatient care. Critical Care at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is an active resident and fellow teaching and research program that provides pediatric critical care transport, PICU coverage, bedside dialysis, specialized monitoring and more.
Critical Care has had an accredited fellowship program since July 2004.
Critical Care does not provide outpatient services, but may be reached at (614) 722-3435 for phone consultation or information, Mon. through Fri. 8 am – 4:30 pm.
Critical Care Research
The Section of Critical Care Medicine is a leading presence in the field of critical care research. Three tenure-track faculty members (Drs. Mark Hall, W. Joshua Frazier, and Jennifer Muszynski) form a core of researchers focused on the immunobiology of critical illness. Learn more about our Critical Care Research.
Transfusions Dampen Kids' Immune Function
Among pediatric patients who are critically injured, receiving a blood transfusion is associated with suppression of the immune system, an effect that might be exacerbated when the blood used is older, researchers found.
Patients in the pediatric intensive care unit who received a transfusion had significantly lower production of the pro-inflammatory cytokine TNF-alpha on post-trauma days 1 to 2 compared with those who were not transfused (461 versus 1,024 pg/mL, P=0.002), according to Ryan Nofziger, MD, of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Read the full article »