Our Pediatric Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit or PCTU is a 30-bed unit that provides intensive observation and specialized nursing care for these critically ill patients, located in our new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital..
Cardiologists, Cardiac Surgeons, and nurses in the PCTU are specially trained to handle this variety of patients and are highly experienced and prepared to handle scenarios where the patient is approaching or already in cardiorespiratory arrest.
The equipment used in the intensive care unit can sustain life but can also increase the risk of infection. As a result of this higher level of risk we work hard to prevent infections; our bloodstream infection rate is low compared to national benchmarks.
Clinicians in the PCTU have been leaders in several important quality initiatives, including the National Association of Children's Hospitals & Related Institution's (NACHRI) projects to reduce bloodstream and ventilator-associated infections.