The Children's Hospital at Westmead – Kids Critical Care Research
The Children's Hospital at Westmead treats over 81,000 children a year from across NSW, Australia and the Pacific Rim. With over 57,000 Emergency Department presentations and 859,000 outpatient visits, the Children's Hospital at Westmead is the place that cares for the sickest kids. Supported by the Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation the Children's Hospital at Westmead relies significantly on philanthropic support to fund research across the hospital. Through Lab-based discovery science and biomedical research the Children's Hospital at Westmead translates research results into clinical practice.
Caring for the youngest patients the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a 21-bed unit providing supportive care to 1400 infants, children and adolescents each year. Patients come to PICU with the entire spectrum of critical care problems. Patients may be admitted following surgery including cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, liver or renal transplant or with a range of other conditions such as respiratory illness, trauma, burns or other severe medical conditions as well as an outreach service.
Research within PICU is focused on ensuring the very best chance of survival of the youngest patients after major surgery as well as minimising the long-term health effects that can result from such intrusive procedures.