PICU in the MICU How Adult ICUs Can Support Pediatric Care in Public Health Emergencies
King, M., Matos, R., Hamele, M., et al. (2022). PICU in the MICU: How Adult ICUs Can Support Pediatric Care in Public Health Emergencies. Chest. 161(5): 1297-1305.
In the early waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, pediatric intensive care units (PICU) were converted to treat adults in some hospitals. PICU capacity is traditionally lower than adult ICU, however, making it critical for young patients to be receive treatment in adult ICUs during public health emergencies. The authors share strategies for maximizing patient care in these situations (e.g., patients must be 12 years of age and "have conditions common in children and adults alike").