Critical Care Medicine in the division of Pediatrics is divided between the two Hadassah campuses:
The main intensive care unit is located at the Ein Kerem campus and an intermediate care unit is inside the pediatric department of the Mount Scopus campus. The EK unit is run by Dr. Jacques. Braun (PCC fellow) and the intermediate care by Dr. Brooks Rebecca. All the attending are trained in pediatric CCM. The nursing staffs of the 2 units are separated.
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) was founded by in 1980 Prof KJ Goitein. It is an interdisciplinary unit providing treatment to any critically ill child from newborns to 14 years of age. These patients suffer from life-threatening conditions that call for continuous monitoring and often require therapeutic modalities that are unique to the unit, such as various techniques of mechanical ventilation, continuous delivery of inotropic drugs supporting the cardiovascular system, hemofiltration for the failing kidneys and more.
The unit admits children suffering of a wide range of problems. These can be divided into several categories: 'medical' pediatrics, hemato-oncology, multiple trauma, neurotrauma and repair of a wide variety of congenital defects (heart, GI tract, urologic and more). The unit provides services to the division's pediatric departments and to the surgical subspecialties that treat children.
Currently the unit has 8 beds. An enlargement is planned for the beginning of 2008 when 4 intermediate beds will be added.
I addition to the medical & nursing personnel the unit has a secretary (Mrs Tehila Rauschberger), a social worker (Ms Lamis Shibli), a dietitian (Ms Tamar Yuval) and a team of respiratory therapists led by Ms Rina Ankor.
The unit was set up 20 years ago within the pediatrics department. Patients of the department's unique areas of expertise (neurological problems, Familial Dysautonomia and chronic lung diseases) who require mechanical ventilation on an acute or semi-chronic basis make up most of the admissions. The unit also serves as a step-down unit of the Ein Kerem unit.
Location:Ein Kerem, Davidson Tower 2nd floor
Visiting hours:10:00-13:00, 16:00-20:00