The Division of Pediatric Critical Care at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB) maintains a standard of excellence in providing medical care for the infants and children of Western New York. It consistently strives for a degree of health care of the highest quality and order, grounded in the latest medical evidence, and utilizing some of the most state-of-the art technology.
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at WCHOB is a 20-bed unit serving approximately 1,300 patients per year. As the only pediatric ICU in the Western New York area, this unit is well-equipped to care for the wide range of medical and surgical needs of its population. Board certified pediatric intensivists are available 24 hours a day to provide support. Under their care, patients have access to therapies such as high frequency ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide therapy, non-invasive ventilation, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and general anesthesia.
The multidisciplinary PICU team consists of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, clinical pharmacists, social workers, and nutritionists, all working together to provide outstanding, family-centered care. In addition, medical and surgical subspecialists from a multitude of disciplines are immediately available to the PICU team, lending their expertise across a spectrum that includes neurosurgery, respiratory failure, hematologic and oncologic emergencies, and multi-organ dysfunction in the setting of severe sepsis. The PICU also serves as the critical care arm of the WCHOB Level 1 Trauma Center.
The Division of Pediatric Critical Care employs faculty with a wide array of interests and areas of expertise, including pediatric anesthesia, ECMO, apheresis, and toxicology. Together, they work with the WCHOB’s Pediatric Transport Team to bring the sick and injured children of the area to our hospital safely and efficiently, by ambulance, helicopter, and fixed-wing aircraft. Our critical care team also works side-by-side with the WCHOB’s Rapid Response Team, mobilizing personnel quickly and effectively to those children in need of additional support on the general pediatric wards.
The training of energetic, young physicians is at the heart of the division’s educational mission, and residents in the fields of categorical Pediatrics, Pediatric and Adult Emergency Medicine, and Anesthesiology all experience rotations through the WCHOB PICU. Bringing together such a diverse collection of backgrounds and aspirations allows for the faculty and staff to tailor the educational opportunities afforded by the ICU to its trainees, and for those trainees to leave their individual footprint on the unit.
Additionally, the Division of Pediatric Critical Care has a three-year fellowship program accredited by the ACGME and designed to provide instruction and advanced training to outstanding individuals seeking to become remarkable clinicians, educators, and leaders in the field of critical care.