Critical Care Medicine

Child-high-fiving-nurse.jpgThe Paediatric Critical Care Unit at Children's Hospital is one of only four in Ontario. Their residency training program in Paediatric Critical Care is Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited and generally trains two to three subspecialty residents at one time. Residents may enter training through parent specialities that include anaesthesia, general paediatrics, or general surgery. For more information about the subspecialty residency training program, please contact Dr. Rishi Ganesan, Acting Program Director.

The Team:

Multi-disciplinary team of paediatric physicians, specially certified nurses, paediatric respiratory therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists, social workers, child life and rehabilitation therapists Intensivists are board certified in their primary speciality and have received further training in paediatric intensive care Intensivists are academic physicians with multiple roles within the hospital including cutting-edge research, teaching and committee work

The Facts:

  • 12 beds available for critically ill children from infancy to 17 years of age
  • Admission rate of 700 children and infants annually
  • 50% require acute mechanical ventilation
  • 75% of case mix consists of acute respiratory failure, postoperative neurosurgery, neurology, trauma and newborn critical care
  • Remaining 25% are distributed among ear/nose/throat (ENT), gastroenterology, renal transplant, haematology/oncology, endocrinology, infectious disease, general surgery and nephrology
  • Average length of stay is 4.2 days
  • 24-hour consultation service to the emergency, wards, delivery rooms and cardiac arrest teams at Children's Hospital
  • 24-hour telephone consult services to physicians in the southwest and beyond