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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
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     challenging words:    suffering, cerebrospinal, intensive, intensivist, meningitis, neurosurgeons, pediatrics, removal, residency, tumor, ultrasounds, warrant, pneumonia, patient, discharge, continuous


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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Carrie was a young patient suffering from meningitis. Philip was having severe breathing problems following an asthma attack. Lucas was just out of surgery following the removal of a tumor. What do they all have in common? They are all being treated in the pediatric intensive care unit.
 
2     Where is this unit located? The pediatric intensive care unit (or PICU) is located in a hospital. This part of the hospital gives the highest level of medical care to children. In a PICU, very sick children can have their conditions closely monitored and their bodily functions closely followed. Special medications, machines, and therapies are readily available.
 
3     Children in the PICU may have all kinds of problems - asthma, pneumonia, heart defects, and so on. A stay there might last a day, weeks, or months. There's a more concentrated staff there made up of highly skilled employees and lower ratios of patients to nurses.

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