Each year more than 6,000 children are admitted to Texas Children’s Hospital Intensive Care Units. Texas Children’s has one of the country’s largest, busiest and highest acuity Critical Care services, with 116 intensive care beds across our two campuses, all staffed by critical care trained physicians, advanced practice providers and nurses. In addition to our 100 Main Campus beds, we recently expanded our West Campus ICU to 16 beds.
The Main Campus ICU beds are located in five physical areas. We have a 31-bed general ICU; a 4-bed dedicated surgical recovery ICU; a 36-bed Progressive care unit that focuses on the care of children with complex medical needs who are often technology dependent; a 21-bed cardiovascular ICU and an 8-bed dedicated heart failure ICU which is the first of its kind in the nation.
Our Intensive Care Service also has a dedicated transport team, the Kangaroo Crew, that transports approximately 1500 critically ill children from around the nation, to our ICUs. We care for children from all over the country and from overseas, who are referred to us for medical and surgical intervention that often cannot be provided locally. These include care of children after major trauma, children with severe infections, children with cancer and suppressed immune systems and children with failure of one or more major organ system.
As one of the busiest transplant centers in the country, we have invested a great deal of time and effort in research, training and investment in new extracorporeal technologies in order to offer to every child who needs a new heart, lung, liver or kidney, the greatest chance of surviving long enough to receive a transplant. Our unit philosophy is to offer the best available care to every critically ill child that needs it.