Children's of Mississippi's Batson Children’s Hospital is part of the state’s only academic medical center. As the only hospital devoted exclusively to children in Mississippi, it is the referral center for infants, children and adolescents requiring highly complicated and life-saving procedures.
The hospital's 18-bed pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is the only facility of its kind in the state. Nearly 1,000 critically ill patients – too sick to be treated on general inpatient floors – are admitted each year, whether in its open care area or individual closed rooms, for specialized medical and nursing services.
Children in intensive care may suffer from a number of illnesses or injuries, including, but not limited to:
- Severe infection.
- Respiratory failure and severe asthma.
- Extensive surgery, including open heart surgery.
- Congenital anomalies.
- Seizures and severe neurological disorders.
A large group of people with specialized skills works closely together to care for children in the PICU. The Batson Hospital team is led by specialists who are board certified in pediatric critical care. Contributing to the care group are physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, social workers and others committed to the health and well-being of young patients. Surgical patients are closely followed by a surgical team as well. There is a physician available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have about your child’s care.
Young patients with cardiac problems are closely monitored in a particular area of the PICU. This allows the specialized care team to focus on these patients' special needs following congenital heart surgery. A cardiac ICU separate from the PICU is expected to be added in the near future.