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Critical Care - Pediatric

A little boy sleeps in his hospital bed with a teddy bear wearing bandages.

Heinrich A. Werner, MD, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

If your child has a life-threatening acute illness or organ failure, our pediatric intensive care team goes into action. Working in our state-of-the-art Heinrich A. Werner, MD, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PICU), our team treats and monitors critically ill children (newborn to 18 years) for a range of problems, everything from burns to trauma injuries, cardiovascular surgery to neurosurgery.

A vital part of the team, Kentucky Children's Hospital's pediatric intensivists provide:

  • Expertise in the medical management of seriously ill pediatric cardiac patients, including during the critical recovery phase following cardiac surgery.
  • Additional support for the management of pain and sedation for non-surgical procedures.

As staunch advocates for children, our physicians are committed to providing the best possible healing environment for these special patients while optimizing the chances for positive outcomes.

Our Critical Care Team specializes in stabilizing critically ill children after surgery or serious injury and illness so they can get back to the important work of healing. Once their condition is stable, our patients return to the care of their primary care team.

Kentucky Children's Hospital Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Team
  • Specialties & Services


    • Acute respiratory failure
    • Multi-system organ failure
    • Multi-system trauma
    • Neurological trauma and failure
    • Poisoning
    • Post-operative management
    • Sepsis syndrome


    Children require special care.  That's why we've equipped our PICU with state-of-the-art technology made just for the care of critically ill children who have a life-threatening acute illness, organ failure, or traumatic injury that requires artificial life support.  Our PICU is fully equipped for full life-support and monitoring.

    Our team also provides a sedation service just for kids who need special care during a painful or stressful procedure. If your child is scheduled for an appointment with our Sedation Clinic, we've made a Parent's Guide to Surgery that has all the information you'll need before and after your child's procedure.