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F.A.Q.'s

What is a Pediatric Hospitalist?
Pediatric Hospitalists are pediatricians, who specialize in the care of hospitalized children (birth to 18 years). They are medical doctors, who are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of acutely ill children. Generally, a pediatric hospitalist is a pediatrician who has completed additional years of pediatric residency training. They have had at least four years of medical school and three years of pediatric residency training.

What is a Pediatric Critical Care Doctor (Intensivist)?
Pediatric Intensivists are pediatricians who specialize in the care of children, who are hospitalized in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). They are doctors who have had at least four years of medical school and three years of pediatric residency training. They also have an additional 3 years in Pediatric fellowship training in a Pediatric Critical Care, or PICU.

What Type of Care Do Pediatric Critical Care Doctors Provide?
Pediatric critical care doctors care for children admitted to the PICU department who are more critically ill than those in the Pediatric department. They sometimes care for patients with unstable conditions, giving more thorough and extensive monitoring than is available in the Pediatric department. Pediatric Intensivists know how to examine and treat children that have increased medical needs.

What Kind of Illnesses and Conditions Do They Treat?
Pediatric Critical Care Doctors help children with a wide variety of illnesses and medical needs, including:

  • Infections of the blood, skin, lungs and kidneys
  • Respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia and croup
  • Problems with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and asthma
  • Common pediatric illnesses such as influenza and dehydration
  • Recovery from injury or surgery

Where does PCCSF Operate?
PCCSF is a premier provider of pediatric critical care, pediatric sedation, and pediatric transport medicine in the state of Florida. They currently operate a PICU facility at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, FL.

What Services Does PCCSF Provide?
PCCSF's services and specializations include: Sedation Medicine, Management of Respiratory Failure, Post-Operative Cardiothoracic Care, Pediatric Trauma, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), Neuromuscular Diseases, all forms Of Dialysis and Transport Medicine.

Do Pediatric Intensivists Work with Pediatricians?
Pediatric Intensivists work closely with pediatricians, family practitioners, general surgeons, and subspecialty physicians in caring for your child. At PCCSF, the physicians work hand-in-hand with your primary care physician and other specialists who care for your child in a way that is informative and reassuring.

If there is a significant change in your child's condition, they will update your primary care physician. When your child leaves the hospital, they will give your primary doctor an overview of your child's hospital stay and provide detailed instructions for any further care that may be needed.

What Distinguishes PCCSF from Other PICU Services in South Florida?

  • All PCCSF physicians are board certified and fellowship trained. They are all graduates of leading universities
  • PCCSF's family-centric care approach is unparalleled in South Florida
    • Parents are included in the patient collaboration process and play an important role in ongoing treatment
    • Families have direct access to lead physicians and participate in daily rounds
    • PCCSF offers 24-7 visitation
    • Families are taught resuscitation and other training onsite to help administer care to patients once discharged
  • All PCCSF physicians are trained in transport medicine, ground, fixed wing and helicopter
  • PCCSF is the leading group of pediatric intensivists in South Florida providing comprehensive pre and post-operative care for infants, children, and young adults undergoing heart surgery and heart transplants

How Does PCCSF Approach Patient Care?
PCCSF's mission is to deliver top-notch, quality care for children, treating each patient and family with dignity, respect and genuine concern. PCCSF believes that pediatric critical care medicine is best practiced in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary model. They believe in working closely with families, other experts and providers in the best interest of the patient.


About Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida
Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida (PCCSF) is a group of leading pediatric intensivists and hospitalists who are board-certified and fellowship-trained in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine. They currently operate the pediatric critical care unit (PICU) facility at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. For more information, visit www.pccsf.com or call (954) 454-5131.