Medicine Intensive Care Unit
Who we are
The Medicine Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Children’s Hospital Boston is a 12-bed facility dedicated to the care of children with a wide range of critical illness diagnoses including respiratory failure (severe breathing problems), sepsis (serious infection), nutritional failure, poisoning, congenital anomalies and life-threatening complications of metabolic diseases and endocrine disorders.
In the MICU, our clinicians have developed specific expertise in caring for children with acute and chronic respiratory diseases including those who receive chronic ventilation using non-invasive technologies or who receive mechanical ventilation by means of a tracheostomy (a surgically implanted tube in a child’s neck that helps air get into the lungs). All nurses in the MICU have received special training in pediatric critical care and are trained in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) ensuring that we provide the highest level of emergency preparedness to our staff.
Our state-of-the-art facility has the newest and most technologically advanced structural layout and equipment available. Unique features include a specially designed sleep study room fully equipped as both an ICU bay and infrared-lit sleep facility.
The team includes specialists and subspecialists, specially trained nurses, respiratory therapists, child life specialists, social workers, chaplains, and therapists who are highly trained and skilled in the care of very sick infants and children. In the MICU, we use cutting-edge techniques combined with the latest research to provide critically ill children with the best possible care in a patient-centered environment.
Conditions & Treatments
- Acute kidney injury
- Chronic Lung Disease of Prematurity (Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia)
- Cystic lung disease
- Endocrine system
- Intravenous line and tubes
- Laryngomalacia (congenital laryngeal stridor)
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
- Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) Placement
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Respiratory System
- Spinal muscular atrophy
- Toxic shock syndrome
- Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
- Airway obstruction
- Blood and blood components
- Central venous line insertion
- Congestive heart failure
- Cystic fibrosis
- Diabetes insipidus
- Hemolytic anemia
- Kidney failure
- Muscle weakness (hypotonia)
- Primary percutaneous gastrojejunostomy
- Respiratory Distress
- Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
- Sleep studies (polysomnography and multiple sleep latency testing)