Paediatric Critical Care

Multidisciplinary care at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of Aga Khan University Hospital takes a collaborative approach, providing comprehensive medical treatment and support for critically ill children. This approach involves a team of healthcare professionals from several disciplines working together to address the complex needs of paediatric patients in the ICU. The goal is to optimize patient outcomes and provide the highest quality of care possible. Here are some key aspects of multidisciplinary care in the PICU:

The multidisciplinary team in the PICU typically includes paediatric intensivists, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists, and sometimes even psychologists, depending on the patient's needs.

Effective communication is crucial in the PICU. This can be achieved through daily rounds, huddles, or digital communication.

The team collaboratively develops and adjusts the patient's care plan based on ongoing assessments and the patient's condition.

Family centered care in the PICU, it's important to involve the patient's family in the care process. This includes providing them with information, addressing their concerns, and involving them in decision-making whenever possible. Family support is critical for both the child's well-being and the overall success of the care plan.

The multidisciplinary team acts as advocates for the patient, ensuring that their best interests are always the top priority. They work together to balance the benefits and risks of various interventions.

Team members often provide education to the patient's family regarding the child's condition, treatment options, and potential outcomes. This helps families make informed decisions and cope with the stress of having a critically ill child.

Continuous monitoring and assessment of the patient's vital signs, laboratory values, and clinical status are essential. Team members collaborate to interpret this data and adjust the treatment plan accordingly.

In some cases, the multidisciplinary team may be involved in discussions about end-of-life care decisions. They provide support to the family and ensure that the child's comfort and dignity are maintained.

Multidisciplinary teams often engage in quality improvement initiatives to continuously enhance the care provided in the PICU. They review cases, identify areas for improvement, and implement changes to enhance patient outcomes.​​​

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Mechanical ventilation workshop in Hyderabad
Our faculty trains Civil Hospital, Hyderabad staff
Training conducted by Dr Qalab Abbas and our PICU, NICU fellows