Pediatric heart patients recover in UC Davis' state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU/PCICU)

Close nursing attention

The unit has a 2-to-1 patient-to-nurse ratio, and critical care medicine physicians are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Privacy and space for family support

Larger, single-patient rooms enhance family-centered care:

  • A sleeping sofa and a chair in each room enable family members to remain at their child's bedside around the clock.
  • Each room has its own bathroom.

Stress-relieving activities

Children who are well enough have access to an activity room with music, art and play therapy provided by the hospital's Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. The program helps relieve the stress and anxiety of hospitalization.