Intensive Care

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital provides inpatient care for critically ill or injured infants, children, and teenagers who need advanced treatments, special monitoring, and around-the-clock observation by specially trained intensive care doctors, nurses, and other members of the medical team.

Ours is the only comprehensive health care center in Iowa that offers the full range of pediatric critical care therapies. We also are home to an accredited pediatric critical care medicine fellowship program that provides training opportunities in the latest treatments and research for the next generation of pediatric critical care specialists.

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is a designated Level 1 pediatric trauma center—we have the people, the expertise, the experience, and the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to provide the highest level of care for a wide range of complex, and sometimes rapidly changing, medical problems. This includes after-surgery care for all pediatric surgical procedures, including congenital heart surgery. In addition, we offer specific treatments such as hemofiltration (kidney replacement therapy), ventilation (breathing assistance), ECMO (heart-lung bypass system), and ventricular assist devices (heart pumps).

Comprehensive, continuous care—that’s what parents expect when their child is hospitalized in a PICU. That’s the care we provide to our patients and their families.

Health Professionals

Patient Stories

  • Pediatric patient takes steps while on advanced life support

    Levi Drager, photo Levi Drager's condition was so serious that he was on ECMO, the most advanced form of life support for patients, to oxygenate his blood outside of his body. He's the first pediatric patient at our hospital to take steps while on ECMO. Read more
  • Parent Blog: Angie Poulsen

    Leo Poulsen, photo "Cody Tigges, DO, was Leo's critical care physician while in the PICU. I cannot say enough great things about him and the PICU nurses, respiratory therapists, and residents." Angie Poulsen. Read more
  • Parent Blog: Andrew Knapp

    portrait of infant Kaeli Knapp I want to thank everyone who was a part of our care. Our daughter wouldn't be here without this hospital. From the nursing staff that comforted us in our moment of crisis to her doctors who saved her life and didn't give up on her, everyone made sure we were okay and explained everything that was happening.Read more
  • Parent Blog: Hilary and Brannon Spengler

    Jordy Spengler photo "We know we are very fortunate and are thankful for the care he received. Everyone that cared for our son played such a crucial part in his survival and experience." — Hilary and Brannon Spengler Read more
  • Parent Blog: Serena Reemtsma

    Kali Garman A traumatic dirt bike injury resulted in a below-the-knee amputation.Read more

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: Level 3
    Contact
    • 1-319-356-1615
    • 1-800-322-8442 (Emergency Consultation)

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