Critical Care

The Critical Care Medicine team provides patient- and family-focused care to infants, children, and adolescents with life-threatening conditions 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.

The team is comprised of experts in the use of advanced support technology such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a device that supports or replaces the functions of the heart and lungs when these organs are failing. Many patients transported from referral hospitals are admitted directly to our intensive care units by our Pediatric or Neonatal Critical Care Transport Teams

Requests for patient transport are accepted from any physician by calling 1-888-964-4233. All pertinent information regarding the history of the illness or condition are required.

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. Referring physicians receive regular updates on the progress of their patients.

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a 19-bed multidisciplinary unit providing high-quality care to infants, children and teens. Single and double rooms can accommodate parents who wish to room-in with their critically ill child. Medical and nursing staff are in close proximity to patients at all times. Specialized nurses provide intensive care for children recovering from catastrophic illness, trauma and surgery.


West Pavilion, 7th Floor

Visiting Policy

Family can visit 24 hours a day

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. Today, it is the only Level III-C -- the highest level -- newborn intensive care unit in the state. The 54-bed unit is located on the fourth floor of the Children's Hospital near the labor and birth unit. There is also a six-bed satellite unit on WP (West Pavilion) 10.

Premature infants and babies with congenital abnormalities or long-term problems receive devoted care from an unrivalled team of neonatologists, dedicated neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) specialists, pediatric pharmacists, nutritionists and lactation specialists, social workers, discharge planners, developmental care team members and family advocates. Medical and surgical physicians with special expertise in the care of critically ill newborns, including pediatric surgeons, cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, neurosurgeons, ENT surgeons, orthopedists, urologists and geneticists also participate in the care of the babies.

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


The NICU also accepts transfers of newborn babies who require its special services from Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York hospitals. The neonatal transport service arranges for transfer of these critically ill newborns from referring hospitals via specially staffed and equipped vehicles. The transport team works closely with the referring physician to assure that the infant is stabilized and able to be moved.

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

Main Campus


West Pavilion, 4th floor

Visiting Policy

Parents may visit at any time. For family member, guests and sibling visits, parents should speak to their infant's primary nurse for further details. All visitors must wash their hands before entering the nurseries.

Bridgeport Hospital Campus


Women's Care Center, 6th floor

Visiting Policy

Parents may visit at any time. Grandparents and siblings, accompanied by their parents, are encouraged to visit from 8 am to 8 pm. For the safety of our babies, we ask that parents provide medical proof that visiting siblings have been vaccinated against or have already had the chicken pox virus. For questions about visiting hours and guidelines, please speak with the newborn ICU staff.

Family and Patient Support

A parent resource room called Tiny Miracles is available to parents whose babies are patients in the newborn intensive care unit. Located on the unit, it has a kitchenette, bathroom, lockers and a computer with Internet access.

Family and Patient Support

As a patient- and family-centered care facility, Yale New Haven Children's Hospital welcomes parents as equal member of our team. Parents are encouraged to participate in daily, multidisciplinary rounds. The Family Resource Center offers families access to computers, the internet, a parent library of books, resources and information related to children's health care, specific diagnoses, health care financing and advocacy.

Members of the care team include a social worker and chaplain. Complementary and massage therapy are available for patients and families.

Contact Us

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Pediatric Consultation Service Y Access link/Transport Team

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Main Campus

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Bridgeport Hospital Campus
doctor patient nicole graham

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.