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The Division of Critical Care is committed to providing excellent clinical care, education of learners at all levels, and the advancement of knowledge through pursuit of biomedical research. Clinical care is provided in the 20-bed combined medical/surgical intensive care unit, including highly specialized management of the cardiac intensive care population and patients requiring ECMO support. All Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) faculty members are board certified in pediatric critical care. Our critical care faculty in collaboration with the pediatric critical care nurse practitioners and our specialized bedside nursing staff are focused on the delivery of excellent clinical care, with patient satisfaction scores consistently greater than the ninetieth percentile. The quality of care provided in our Intensive Care Unit is analyzed by participation in the Virtual Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Performance System (VPS) for benchmarking and data sharing.
The Division of Critical Care is highly dedicated to educating the next generation of academic pediatric intensivists. Our critical care fellowship program was initiated in 2002 and has steadily grown to include 6 critical care fellows. Our fellows are involved in basic and clinical research projects, and have strong clinical training in cardiac intensive care.
All seven of the current PICU faculty are currently engaged in research projects across the spectrum of clinical, translational, and basic science. With a very strong basic science research core, three faculty members focus on innate immunity and the biology of neutrophilic inflammation. Projects include translational studies on neutrophil function following cardiopulmonary bypass. Clinical research projects include both single center studies and enrollment in multi-center trials.
University of Iowa Department of PediatricsDivision of Critical Care200 Hawkins Drive—2500 JCPIowa City, IA 52242