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Critical Care Medicine

Your team

Because your child requires specialized care, a number of different health-care providers will be involved with your child’s care. The CCU team includes many dedicated health-care professionals focused on the care of critically ill children. You and your child may work with one or more of these professionals as required during your child’s CCU stay. The CCU team will also coordinate and communicate with your child’s other doctors and team members during your time in CCU.

Critical Care Staff Physicians are doctors with expertise in caring for critically ill children. They are responsible for your child’s care. These doctors lead the team of medical professionals who focus on your child in CCU. 

This team includes:

    • Fellows, who are doctors that have completed their core education and are now focusing on children with critical illness.
    • Residents, who are doctors undertaking further education in Paediatric Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine and other disciplines.
    • Consulting Staff Physicians, who are doctors with an expertise in a specific area of the care of children. The attending staff physician may ask a consultant to assist in the management of your child. You may have a team who cares for your child outside of CCU. The CCU team will work with that team. A consulting staff physician will also have a team of fellows and residents.

The Charge Nurse and Clinical Support Nurses run the hour-to-hour activities in the CCU. These nurses will make shift-to-shift decisions and plans for nurse assignments, discharges and admission of patients, and assist with patient care. The Charge Nurse is the CCU manager’s delegate on weekends and overnight.

CCU Respiratory Therapist (RTs)  are specialists in the care of lungs and breathing. RTs provide therapy and education during your child’s hospital stay. Your child will have a respiratory therapist involved in his or her care every day in CCU.

CCU Pharmacists help your child’s doctors and the care team to choose and deliver medications for your child. The pharmacist will also ask you some important questions about our child’s medications, supplements or natural treatments they may have taken before they came to the hospital.

Physiotherapists help tone and strengthen weak muscles, and loosen stiff joints that your child may develop while they are ill and in bed. They also help keep children's lungs stay healthy with exercises and treatments that support recovery during and after illnesses.

Social Workers are skilled counselors who help families cope with having a child in the hospital. They can help you connect with both hospital and community resources, and assist with planning for the things your family may need after discharge from the hospital.

Dietitians have special education in the nutritional needs of critically ill and growing children. They work with the team to ensure that your child's nutritional needs are met.

Child Life Specialists help both patients and their siblings adjust to the hospital. They help children express their feelings about the hospital through play and other activities that are in keeping with the child’s age and ability to understand.

Chaplains are available for spiritual support and counseling, and help families find support services in their communities.

Organ Donation Coordinators can provide information and support for families round organ and tissue donation.

Bereavement Coordinators support families who are grieving or experiencing a loss in their life.