Clinical Services

The state-of-the-art pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Brenner Children’s Hospital provides the highest level of patient care to critically ill children. Each year, infants and children from throughout northwest North Carolina, southwest Virginia and eastern Tennessee receive exceptional care from the doctors and other health care professionals in Brenner’s 12-bed PICU and 7-bed intermediate care unit. The treatments we provide, using the latest in technology and clinical advancements, are individualized and customized to each child’s specific needs.

Our health care professional team includes doctors specially trained in pediatric intensive care, as well as multidisciplinary experts in a range of specialties, including pediatric surgeons, nurse specialists, pharmacologists, nutritionists, social workers and respiratory care specialists.

Specializing in Multiple Areas of Patient Care

The clinicians at Brenner’s PICU specialize in multiple areas of patient care, including medical emergencies, trauma (including multiple organ trauma and head injuries), treatment of severe infections (sepsis), surgical care and recovery and orthopaedic surgery. We also provide care for children with congenital heart defects and those who have received kidney transplants.

We care for children undergoing multiple types of medical procedures, including wound closure, endoscopy, colonoscopy, burn debridement or removal of damaged skin, central line placement, hearing and eye exams, lumbar puncture or a spinal tap to provide chemotherapy for children who have cancer and bone marrow aspiration and biopsy.

Other Services

Emergency Care

Pediatric emergency medicine physicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in our emergency department to provide immediate care for critically ill and injured children.

Sedation Service

Brenner houses a very active sedation service at our PICU. In our pediatric sedation service, led by medical director,  Michael L. Cannon, MD, our clinical specialists manage pain and discomfort in children undergoing medical procedures and recovering from treatments.

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

ECMO support provides oxygen to young children during periods of time when their hearts and lungs are not working properly. The ECMO unit at Brenner Children’s Hospital is staffed by a team of trained specialists that uses this powerful treatment system to make sure our pediatric patients receive optimal oxygenation.

Transport Team

Each year, hundreds of children are transported to Brenner’s PICU via Wake Forest Baptist’s specially equipped transport ambulances and  AirCare, the Wake Forest Baptist helicopter transport system. Wake Forest Baptist’s transport team consists of experienced registered nurses and respiratory therapists who specialize in the care of critically ill children. The transport team’s scope of expertise includes advanced intubations, the placement of intravascular catheters and chest tube placement; care is provided at the referring community hospital and during the patient’s transfer to Brenner.

Brenner’s Transport Team’s is one of just 3 critical care transport teams in North Carolina that is capable of transporting a child on Inhaled Nitric Oxide (INO).