Critical Care Services

Patients suffering from acute, life-threatening conditions receive personalized, 24-hour care, seven days a week from attending physicians and our specifically trained pediatric intensive care team. Depending on your child's condition, he or she will be cared for in one of our four specialized care units including cardiovascular, transitional, burn and organ transplant. In addition to our specialized care, we use the safest, most innovative technologies including high frequency ventilation, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and renal replacement therapies, to assist in care.

Burn Unit

Our Burn Unit critical care team provides treatment for children in Indiana’s only pediatric-specific burn unit. Unfortunate accidents in which children suffer severe life- and limb-threatening burns from either flame or chemical sources can happen. Our team’s sub-specialized approach provides your child with an individualized treatment plan by coordinating comprehensive care between a team of plastic surgeons, general/trauma surgeons and critical care specialists.

Learn more about the burn unit by taking a virtual tour. 

Cardiovascular ICU

As an integrated unit with the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health provides state-of-the-art monitoring and vital support for critically ill infants, children and adolescents with congenital or acquired heart disease. Our CVICU ranks as one of the world’s best in outcomes following pediatric cardiovascular surgery. We maintain this reputation despite caring for some of the most complex cases in Indiana, surrounding states and abroad.

We care for approximately 350 critical cardiovascular pediatric patients a year, the vast majority being post-operative care for complex cardiac surgeries. Our CVICU is staffed with board certified pediatric critical care specialists and pediatric cardiologists who have expertise in the management of critically ill children with cardiac conditions.

Your child’s comprehensive care team also has specially trained staff nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers and other support professionals. We are continually at the forefront of pediatric cardiology research, which helps improve our patients’ care and outcomes.

Transitional ICU

Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality, family-centered care for newborns and infants suffering from critical, complex medical needs. Children who don’t require the “intensity” of our ICU, but are not ready for a general ward bed or to go home due to medical fragility or technology-dependence, are able to receive the care necessary in the Transitional ICU. When it’s time to go home, we will provide education and training for you and your family on your child’s specialized care needs.

The critical care specialists and Pulmonolgy attending physicians are the most experienced physicians when it comes to caring for your child and other patients who require extra support, including special respiratory technologies as they transition from intensive care.

Transplant ICU

If a child suffers from a serious injury, chronic illness or sudden illness, it’s possible that a child’s vital organ may become non-functional and an organ transplant is required. Riley at IU Health has a nationally ranked program in liver and kidney transplants, and an extensive history in intestinal and multi-visceral transplants. In addition to facing complicated surgical procedures, the post-operative care for these children can be quite complex and require specialized physician and nursing care.

Our pediatric critical organ transplant team, as an integrated part of the general critical care team, manages the care of these delicate patients following complex procedures in one of the nation’s only dedicated Transplant PICUs. Since stays can be prolonged, special private rooms are available for patients and their families. Our team focuses on providing expert medical care and oversight of the special nutrition and complex medication needs of each transplant patient.

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