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Paediatric Medicine
Paediatric Medicine

Paediatric In-patient unit

The Paediatric Medicine Inpatient Unit is the largest in-patient unit at SickKids with a capacity of approximately 70 beds. The inpatient units are composed of three general paediatric teams, an Intermediate Care Unit that cares for a high acuity population, and a Streamlined Care Unit that optimizes quality of care and efficiency by cohorting patients with straightforward illness trajectories. Additionally, the ACE space is a day hospital that manages patients who require an inpatient level of care but who do not need overnight nursing care, thereby allowing families to return home each night.

Paediatric Medicine inpatients are a diverse population, including children with common paediatric conditions (e.g. asthma, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, sickle cell disease, seizures); those with complex multi-system disorders who are often technology-dependent and require multidisciplinary care; and children with undifferentiated or undiagnosed conditions who benefit from subspecialty consultation. The majority of patients are admitted via the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Units, with the remainder transferred from other hospitals. Patients who don’t require tertiary or quaternary care are often transferred from SickKids to our network of paediatric community partners.

Each of the Paediatric Medicine teams is led by an attending physician working with a senior paediatric trainee (fellow or resident) and/or junior residents and medical students. This teaching mandate extends to a robust schedule of daily teaching rounds, in addition to bedside teaching on the units.
Families cared for on the inpatient units benefit from daily Family-Centered Rounds, where family input is solicited and the plan of care is discussed with the medical, nursing, and interdisciplinary teams. Patients with medical complexity are followed by an Advanced Practice Nurse who provides continuity for this population and acts as a liaison between the inpatient and ambulatory Complex Care teams. Nurse Practitioners are an integral part of both the Intermediate Care and Streamlined Care Units, and Physician Assistants work as part of the general paediatric teams.
The Paediatric Medicine inpatient leadership team ensures that the units are accountable to quality metrics, demonstrating ongoing commitment to the principles of safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient centered care.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Carolyn Beck
Director, Paediatric Inpatient Unit
Paediatric Medicine
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone: 416-813-8422
Fax: 416-813-8345
email: carolyn.beck@sickkids.ca