Heart Center: Cardiovascular ICU

A 21-bed area dedicated to the most severely ill heart patients. Children's is home to the first dedicated pediatric cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) in North Texas.

Children’s boasts the first and largest dedicated pediatric cardiovascular intensive care unit in North Texas. This 20-bed unit serves approximately 500 cardiac surgical patients and many other critical cardiac patients each year. Patients are cared for by a joint team of cardiac surgeons, intensivists, cardiologists, neonatologists and anesthesiologists. The cardiovascular ICU is staffed by a specialized team of nurses, nurse practitioners and respiratory therapists who work with cardiovascular ICU physicians to optimize patient outcomes.

Patients with high risk and special needs are referred to this Children’s unit from throughout Texas as well as Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and abroad.

The cardiovascular ICU staff also is dedicated to scientifically advancing the field of cardiac critical care. A study conducted by CVICU-based researchers at Children’s has determined that babies who received reconstituted blood for heart surgery left the cardiovascular ICU roughly 25 percent quicker than those getting fresh blood. The findings appear in the New England Journal of Medicine.