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Pediatric Critical Care Medicine


Pediatric Critical Care

Providing round-the-clock care in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to children suffering from critical illness or injury.

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  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Our Approach

If your child needs intensive care, depend on Children's Hospital of Georgia’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), a regional referral center for critically ill children or those suffering from trauma.  Our Pediatric Intensivists are specially trained to lead a multi-disciplinary team to deliver the right care at the right time.

Children's Hospital of Georgia has the highest level (Level I) Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) referral center for critically ill children, or those suffering from trauma, in the region. We are staffed by a team of dedicated pediatric intensivists who deliver round-the-clock care to more than 1,000 children each year. Our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) has:

  • Board-certified Pediatric Intensive Care Specialists (Intensivists) who are on site 24/7.
  • 14 beds, each bed is in a private room monitored by our PICU staff.
  • A 6 bed Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit, each bed is in a private room that is monitored by our PICU staff.
  • A team of registered nurses with a 1:1 or 1:2 (nurse to patient care ratio) who are specially trained in pediatric intensive care.
  • Dedicated medical social workers, pediatric dietitians, and pharmacists 

We admit children who require any pediatric critical care diagnosis or treatment :

  • Acute respiratory disorders
  • Recovery from complex surgeries
  • Children who have had trauma
  • Children suffering from shock
  • Severe infections
  • Multiple organ failure
  • Ongoing seizures
  • Severe diabetes and acidosis
  • Acute kidney failure
  • Acute Poisonings or overdoses

No matter what’s going on with your child we are able to provide them with the specialized critical care they need including

  • Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO): to keep the hearts and lungs of critically ill children working by providing oxygen to the blood while they .
  • Hemodialysis Services: to remove waste products and water from the blood of patients with chronic or acute kidney .
  • Pediatric Respiratory Therapists: for ventilation services and other procedures.

Coordinated care with CHOG’s emergency services

  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine, CHOG’s emergency department accepts children in need of immediate attention.
  • Pediatric Transport Team, brings your child to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia safely and quickly.
  • Pediatric Evaluation Teams (PET), no one knows your child better than you do, so you may be the first to notice subtle personality changes that can signal a worsening of his/her condition. When that occurs at Children’s Hospital of Georgia, you can call a Pediatric Evaluation Team (PET) to your child’s bedside. The team includes a Pediatric Respiratory Therapist and a Pediatric Intensive Care nurse. Together, they will evaluate your child’s health and take any necessary action.

Support services:  

As one of the pioneers of Patient-and Family-Centered Care we believe that families need to be together during times like these, that’s why we support:

  • 24/7 visitation for families of patients
  • Including parents in patient rounds with doctors
  • Offering parents bedside sleeping accommodations so they can be with their children. 

Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

Sheram, Mary L., M.D.

Pediatric Critical Care

Mathew, Smitha, MD

Pediatric Critical Care

Watson, Christopher, MD, MPH

Pediatric Critical Care

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