US News - Stanford Children's Health

Critically ill children in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) often have neurological issues. This may be the direct result of a brain illness or injury—such as a trauma, a brain malformation, unrelenting seizures or a stroke. Other children in the PICU may have brain-related complications as a result of illnesses unrelated to the brain. And in recent years, it’s become clear that simply being in intensive care can affect the way children think, feel, learn and communicate long after they leave the hospital.

To address this, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has developed one of the nation’s few comprehensive neurocritical care approaches for children in the PICU. It brings together highly trained experts in neurology, neurosurgery and critical care to make sure that at-risk children receive specialized care that emphasizes protecting their brain.

Our goals are to safeguard the minds of all children who stay in the PICU and to pioneer new approaches in brain-protective care after a critical illness or major surgery.