NICU and PICU

One of the biggest distinctions between a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is that a PICU cares for infants and children up to age 17 (pediatric = children). A NICU (neonatal = newborn infants) specializes solely in the treatment of newborns who need a little more TLC.

A NICU provides specialized care to a hospital’s tiniest patients, while a PICU treats seriously ill or injured children and teens.

Two acronyms in heavy rotation at a children’s hospital are NICU and PICU.

NICU stands for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is an area of the hospital that specializes solely in the treatment of newborns.

PICU stands for Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and is where children are taken when they require the highest level of quality pediatric care.