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What to Expect When Transferring to the Pediatric & Adolescent Inpatient Unit

Once your child is doing better, he or she may be moved from the PICU to the Pediatric & Adolescent Inpatient Unit.

Remember, the move to the Pediatric and Adolescent Inpatient Unit on the 5th floor of the hospital is a positive one.

Your child's health care team believes your child is no longer in need of intensive care, and you are a step closer to going home. You will be welcomed by a new team of caregivers.

What to expect

  • The Pediatric and Adolescent Inpatient Unit is much bigger than the PICU, which means there are more patients and more staff taking care of them.
  • Only one family member may be provided with a sleep chair.
  • There are many activities for the patients including a playroom, a teen lounge, D'Barn, Camp CHaD, Wii and Nintendo stations.
  • Although a nurse will not be at your child's bedside or right outside the room all the time, a nurse is assigned to every child, and will check on your child frequently to do treatments, provide medications, answer questions, and listen to concerns.
  • Since your child is getting better, the nurses will not be checking your child's temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, etc. as often as in the PICU.
  • You will be able to be involved in your child's care throughout the stay on the Pediatric and Adolescent Inpatient Unit.
  • All of the staff on the Pediatric and Adolescent Inpatient Unit are here to assist with your child's needs and care. Please do not hesitate to ask questions or let us know if you have any concerns.

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