Our infants and pediatric patients are never far away from highly specialized care. HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital offers a state-of-the-art program called TelePediatric Critical Care in our Emergency Department. This specialized program utilizes technology to connect HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital Emergency Department staff with board-certified pediatric intensivists at HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital.
Pediatric intensivists are physicians who specialize in critical care medicine for children. They handle emergencies such as trauma, car accidents, critical heart or lung disease or other incidents that require a visit to the Emergency Department.
When children arrive at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital Emergency Department, they receive immediate and expert care from physicians and nurses. Within a short period of time, TelePediatric Critical Care may be initiated which connects the Emergency Department staff with a pediatric intensivist at HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital.
The pediatric intensivist is connected to HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital through a television with two-way audio and visual equipment, allowing the pediatric intensivist to see, hear and communicate with the child, the child’s family and Emergency Department staff. After examining the patient, the pediatric intensivist and the emergency department physician work together to coordinate the appropriate treatment plan.