Coordinated, Compassionate Care for Your Child
Our multidisciplinary Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) team is committed to caring for all patients with acquired and congenital heart disease from fetal life to adulthood. Our team of cardiac intensivists, cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, cardiac anesthesiologists and nurses collaborate in a state-of-the-art facility to provide high-quality care. We partner with patients, their families and the community to ensure an outstanding experience and optimal long term outcomes.
Why Choose Johns Hopkins
Our cardiac critical care experts offer you and your family:
Data on our exceptional rate of successful pediatric surgical outcomes are shared openly with national databases, and available to you and the public.
We talk to you, and, more importantly, we listen. You will understand every step and recommendation so you can feel empowered and informed.
Our experts in critical care medicine undergo additional training far beyond standard cardiac critical care. This ensures your child has the highest level of expertise by their side.
If needed, your child has access to other teams of experts across Johns Hopkins, including specialists in rehabilitation.
We provide comprehensive care for children of all ages diagnosed with congenital and acquired heart disease.
What is a pediatric intensive care unit?
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is a specialized facility to support a child and family following recovery from surgery.
Johns Hopkins provides a specialized facility for children recovering from heart surgery known as the PCICU, or Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.
PICU Up! Program
Learn how the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Johns Hopkins helps children suffering from critical heart conditions heal faster.
"Now we have to stop morning rounds multiple times to let the kids walk by with their strollers and wagons. That’s the coolest part—this has become our routine," says pediatric critical care specialist Sapna Kudchadkar.
Pioneers in Treating the Tiniest Hearts
In 1944, Alfred Blalock, Helen Taussig and Vivien Thomas at Johns Hopkins performed the first “Blue Baby operation” on a tiny, 18-month-old girl with tetralogy of Fallot. In time, the procedure helped save the lives of thousands of similarly afflicted children around the world, and also opened the door to now-familiar heart surgery procedures.