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What is a pediatric critical care unit?

In a pediatric intensive care unit, medical professionals take care of the sickest children—from newborns to age 18—who have life-threatening illnesses or injury.

An attending doctor who works with a team of pediatric specialists sees each child. These include pediatric nurses, pediatric respiratory therapists and pediatric pharmacists. Indeed there is a whole team of people who work with the children, treating pain and comforting the entire family.

A pediatric critical care unit or ICU is made up of a team of doctors who treat critically ill or injured children.

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