Critical Care

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The Wallace Critical Care Complex at Dayton Children's offers the most advanced care in a healing environment. Pediatric critical care medicine focuses on providing care to patients under age 20 who are critically ill or are at risk of becoming critically ill. Children's pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is staffed by a group of board-certified pediatric intensivists serving the medical center's 20-county area.

Phone. 937-641-5444
Fax. 937-641-5438


Medical Director: Vipul Patel, MD


Director: Cindy Burger, RN, MS, NEA-BC
Manager: Tami Wiggins, RN, MSA, NE-BC

Diagnoses or Conditions Treated

  • Status asthmaticus
  • Status epilepticus
  • Meningitis
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Septic shock
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy
  • Acute respiratory failure
  • Complex metabolic disturbances
  • Seizure disorder
  • Shock and circulatory failure
  • Impending renal or liver failure
  • Multi-system organ failure
  • Increased intracranial pressure
  • Inhalation injury
  • Ingestions
  • Congestive heart failure

Services Available

  • 24-hour, PICU coverage by board-certified pediatric intensivists
  • Specialized monitoring
  • High-frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV)
  • Invasive intravascular/intracardiac techniques
  • Bedside dialysis
  • Pediatric subspecialists
  • 24-hour mobile intensive care unit - pediatric transport
  • Sedation service

Outreach and Support Services

  • Available by phone to assist in the emergency stabilization of children in the referral area
  • Pediatric transport team

Referral Process

Phone: 937-641-5444, PICU
937-641-5168, office
Fax: 937-641-5438

Pediatric transport: 877-855-PEDS (7337)

24 hours a day, seven days a week


Related to : Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Newborn Medicine / Neonatology.


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