Conditions We Treat
Your child may need intensive care after:
- Diabetic-related complications
- Severe breathing problems
- Traumatic injuries including brain injuries
- Surgery, including congenital heart disease repair
- Serious infections
- Organ failure
If your child requires advanced treatment and extensive monitoring, he or she will benefit from technologies and therapies such as:
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in which a machine temporarily does the work of the heart and lungs; available in New Mexico only through UNM Health.
- Continuous veno-venous hemofiltration treats acute kidney failure until your child’s kidney function returns or hemodialysis can begin.
- High-frequency ventilation provides breathing support for infants and children.
- Inhaled nitric oxide therapy delivers nitric oxide along with oxygen to the lungs to increase blood oxygen levels.
- Intracranial pressure monitoring measures swelling inside the skull after a brain injury.
Pediatric Intensive Care Team
Count on 24-hour care from a multidisciplinary team of board-certified and board-eligible pediatric intensive care physicians and certified pediatric critical care nurses. Your child may also get care from pediatric subspecialists in cardiology, pulmonology, nephrology, infectious disease or another area, depending on his or her specific condition.
UNM Health supports and involves your family during your child’s recovery. Compassionate staff can answer your questions and help you understand your child’s condition. And the pediatric intensive care unit has room for you to stay with your child around the clock.