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  • Child Abuse Program
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  • Pediatric Psychiatry
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  • Pediatric Radiology
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  • Pediatric Urology
  • Pediatric Weight Management
  • Primary Care Pediatricians
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit  (PICU)

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

111 Colchester Avenue
Main Campus, McClure, Level 3
Burlington,  Vermont  05401


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Capital District Physician Health Network

Pediatric Critical Care in Burlington, VT

The University of Vermont Children's Hospital provides highly specialized critical care for children with life-threatening illnesses or injuries in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Experienced, Trusted Expertise

Our specially trained physicians bring a high level of expertise in pediatric critical care medicine and provide experienced, compassionate care for children ranging from infants to young adults. As a university hospital, you can be sure your child's care is informed by the latest medical knowledge, with access to cutting-edge treatments and therapies.


We offer a unique multidisciplinary approach to critical care, working collaboratively with pediatric critical care nurses, medical and surgical specialists, physical therapists, child life specialists, social workers, nutritionists and others to provide the best possible care for your child.

Personalized Care

We are also committed to personalized, family-centered care and believe that involving the child's family as members of the health care team is vital to the recovery of the child. Knowledgeable staff members are always available to answer your questions and provide assistance to you and your family.

Pediatric Critical Care Transport

We are pleased to provide a dedicated advanced life support pediatric transport service for patients and families in outlying areas. The UVM Medical Center's Critical Care Transport is a fleet of specially equipped ambulances that are prepared at all times to transfer critically ill pediatric patients from community hospitals in Vermont, northern New York and parts of New Hampshire to the UVM Children's Hospital for advanced care.

Pediatric Critical Care Services

Some of the more common critical care conditions we treat in the UVM Medical Center Pediatric Intensive Care Unit include dehydration and respiratory illness. We also treat many serious conditions such as infections, trauma and seizures.


Dehydration occurs when a child's body lacks enough fluid. It can result from vomiting, diarrhea, or not drinking.

Dehydration can occur if there is too much water lost, not enough water taken in, or a combination of those. Infants and small children have a higher likelihood of becoming dehydrated than adults because they can lose more fluid quickly.

Severe dehydration is a medical emergency and can lead to serious health problems such as kidney failure or heat-related illnesses. In most cases, you can avoid any serious complications of dehydration by recognizing signs and symptoms early and getting medical attention.

Respiratory Illness

Respiratory disorders in children include a variety of health conditions, including colds, flu, coughs, sore throat and other symptoms. Some children may have chronic respiratory illnesses such as asthma and cystic fibrosis, which affect their ability to breathe. Examples of chronic or acute respiratory illness include:

  • Asthma - a chronic, inflammatory disease that occurs when the airways become sensitive to certain substances that trigger an allergic reaction.
  • Bronchiolitis - a common infection of the lower respiratory tract, usually affecting infants. It occurs when a virus enters the respiratory system and travels to the bronchioles - the smallest airway passages in the body. The airways become swollen, making it difficult for air to flow freely.
  • Pneumonia - an inflammation of the lungs usually caused by an infection. It can be caused by bacteria or viruses and ranges in severity from mild to life-threatening.

Some examples of the critical care conditions we treat in the UVM Medical Center Pediatric Intensive Care Unit also include:

  • Sepsis, severe infections
  • Meningitis, encephalitis
  • Abnormal airways
  • Single or multiple organ failure
    • Respiratory failure
    • Cardiovascular failure
    • Renal failure
  • Severe blood diseases and childhood cancer
  • Pneumonia, bronchiolitis
  • Trauma
    • Severe head trauma
  • Child abuse
  • Complex surgical problems
    • Pediatric general surgery
    • Complex orthopedic procedures
    • Complex pediatric neurosurgical repairs
    • Kidney transplants
  • Poisonings, drug overdoses
  • Complex severe chronic illnesses
  • Complex congenital diseases
  • Seizures
  • Complex neurological diseases
  • Severe bowel disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Severe auto-immune illnesses