Critical Care

If your child is experiencing a life-threatening critical condition—such as a severe infection or serious injuries from an accident—you want the highest level of care available. Our pediatric critical care services provide state-of-the-art care for children and adolescents with life-threatening illnesses and injuries. In fact, other community hospitals throughout Kansas and Missouri often transfer their sickest children here.

Pediatric critical care is staffed by board-certified pediatric intensivists, trainees and highly skilled pediatric nurses. The six-bed unit is available 24 hours a day and serves approximately 600 patients a year. In addition, our physicians provide procedure sedation for inpatient and outpatient services.

We use a family-centered and multidisciplinary approach that not only provides efficient, cost-effective care, but also results in better clinical outcomes overall and greater success in treating patients.

Some of the services available include:

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Medical care
Acute respiratory failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS
Acute single/multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, or MODS
Diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA
Encephalitis and meningitis
Increased intracranial pressure
Inhalation injury
Oncology emergencies
Poisoning and ingestion
Renal failure
Severe sepsis and septic shock
Sickle cell crisis
Status asthmaticus
Status epilepticus

Surgical care
Level I Pediatric Burn Center
Level I Trauma service (ages 14 and up)
Pediatric surgery
Pediatric neurosurgery service
Pediatric otolaryngology, ear, nose and throat service
Plastic surgery and craniofacial disorders
Vascular surgery service

Special services and featured programs
Conventional/high frequency ventilation
CRRT, or continuous renal replacement therapy
Family-oriented psychosocial support
Family visitation
Nitric oxide
Palliative care consultation
Pediatric behavioral service
Procedural sedation (inpatient and outpatient) service
State-of-the-art invasive hemodynamic monitoring
Telephone consultation (always available)