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About 40,000 children a year are born with a heart defect. Because of their many special needs, Teh Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC opened the first Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) in the region.

At the CICU, surgeons can repair tiny hearts, give toddlers a chance for a lifetime with transplanted hearts and provide even more children with the opportunity to live and breathe for weeks on a mechanical pump until a donor heart becomes available.

The CICU, located on Children’s fourth floor, is a 12-bed unit with spacious private rooms, offering state-of-the-art care in a family-centered environment. Specially designed beds allow surgeons to operate in an emergency, saving precious time.

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The technologically advanced CICU is designed to meet the needs of a growing number of complex cases, says Ricardo Muñoz, MD, chief, who adds that newborns only several years ago were not considered candidates for surgery. Now, thanks to medical advances, they are. As a result, they “warrant more specialized care.”

Children's CICU is moving ahead in this amazing frontier of technologies while focusing on its determination to save young lives.
 

 
Last Update
August 15, 2012
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Last Update
August 15, 2012
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