Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU)

The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) provides supervision and support for infants and children with congenital or acquired heart disease and adults with congenital heart disease. The CICU is staffed by full-time, board-certified pediatric intensivists and cardiologists with special expertise in the management of patients with cardiac disorders, as well as specially trained nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, social workers and multiple other professionals, working in close collaboration with pediatric cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons.

The CICU is a technologically advanced 12-bed unit — soon to expand to 33 beds — featuring all private rooms. It is designed to provide complex cardiac care in a patient- and family-centered way.

The Heart Institute at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh ranks among the top cardiovascular surgery programs in the United States. According to the latest data compiled by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2012–2016), Children’s Hospital had an overall, non-risk adjusted mortality rate of 2 percent; the average for all 116 ranked centers was 3.08 percent. Children’s had the 7th lowest mortality among high-volume centers in North America. Our mortality for STAT category 5 — the highest risk cases — was 5 percent, which was the second lowest among large centers in North America. Children’s Hospital received three stars, the highest rating from STS, for the four-year reporting period of 2012 to 2016. Children’s was one of only 11 centers in North America, out of 116 total centers, to receive the three-star rating.

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Benefits of CardiacTelemedicine

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is leading the way in the development of telemedicine services to meet the needs of young patients regionally and around the world. Our state-of-the-art digital technologies allow us to provide complex pediatric care through remote and virtual means wherever our expertise is needed at anytime of the day or night.

Our e-CICU Program offers remote consultation of critical care units by Children's world-class pediatric intensivists and cardiologists, when complex critical care expertise is required.

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Referral Requirements

Emergency referrals should be made using the Children’s Hospital Communications Center, 412-692-5000. Questions also may be directed to the intensivist on call by calling the hospital operator at 412-692-5325.



  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU)

    UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
    4401 Penn Avenue
    Floor 4
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224