Elijah

After being electrocuted, Elijah was fighting for his life at Rady Children’s. Thanks to expert care in the PICU, he’s back to playing baseball. Meet Elijah.

The Ernest Hahn Critical Care Center at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is fully equipped for the medical and surgical demands of critically ill and injured children. Our expert team is an integral part of the Hospital’s Trauma Center, functioning as first responders to critical trauma situations.

We are a national leader in pediatric survival rates (based on a statistical analysis of comparative mortality outcomes). When children are critically ill or injured, Rady Children’s is the best place for them to be.

Critical care services are provided in our 24-bed pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and our 30-bed Acute Cardiac Unit (ACU). The PICU admits more than 1,700 patients a year and has a multidisciplinary team that includes attending physicians, fellows, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers and pharmacists. The Acute Cardiac Unit manages the ICU needs for postoperative cardiac patients, critically ill patients with congenital heart disease, and heart transplant patients.

Common injuries and illnesses treated in the Critical Care Center include:

  • Respiratory failure (asthma, pneumonia, etc)
  • Shock (sepsis, dehydration, etc)
  • Multi-organ system failure
  • Poisonings
  • Near drownings
  • Meningitis

Research is an important component of our program. All of our fellows have at least one research project and work with a faculty mentor. The research has won many awards and has been cited as part of international evidence-based medical care guidelines.

Our program also plays a key role in graduate medical education. Along with our three-year fellowship, we train the pediatric residents from UC San Diego.

Division Achievements:

  • The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, Calif., recently conferred a bronze-level Beacon Award for Excellence on our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards.

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