Critical Care

Critical Care

The Critical Care Medicine team provides patient- and family-focused care of the highest quality for infants, children, and adolescents, with life-threatening and surgical problems. We work collaboratively with pediatric specialists and surgical specialists, as well as those in diagnostic and therapeutic radiology, to bring a coordinated approach to care.


Critical Care
The Critical Care Medicine staff is expert in the management of the most advanced support technology, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a device that supports or replaces the functions of the heart and lungs when these organs are failing.

Our highly-skilled critical care transport team is available 24-hours-a-day to bring seriously ill and injured children from other hospitals and locations to Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital in a safe and expeditious manner.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

The intensive care units at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital provide around the clock care to infants, children and adolescents with life-threatening illnesses and injuries, as well as those recovering from major or high-risk surgery. Our 19-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) provides highly specialized care for critically ill children and teens. Patients are admitted to the PICU from other sites within the hospital's emergency department, operating rooms, clinics and from other hospitals by our highly skilled critical care transport team, available 24 hours a day.

Transport Team

A highly-skilled critical care transport team is available 24 hours per day, every day, to bring children from other hospitals to our hospital. Our transport service enables us to reach children who might otherwise not have access to care.

Physicians who need to make a patient transfer should call our Pediatric Consultation Service Y Access line, (888) 964-4233. 

Nicole Graham — A Heroic Recovery


High school student Nicole Graham was diagnosed with leukemia during her junior year and soon found herself in the PICU with life-threatening complications. Her disease is in remission now — she attended her junior prom — and she remembers fondly the care she received at YNHCH, from expert physicians and some very special nurses. 

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides in-patient intensive care, consultative support and neonatal transport services for critically ill newborn infants in Connecticut and beyond. Yale-New Haven opened this special unit - the world's first - in 1960. Today, the 54-bed unit is the largest unit in Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital and admits nearly 1,000 premature and critically ill newborns each year.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital is Connecticut's leaders in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a special procedure that is used for life-threatening heart and/or lung problems.

Learn more about ECMO.