Andrew Atz, MD
Interim Chair, Department of Pediatrics
The Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Children’s Hospital is the regional leader in state of the art care of critically ill infants, children and adolescents in South Carolina. Opening in 1987, the interdisciplinary pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at MUSC is an 11-bed medical-surgical unit staffed by eight board certified pediatric intensivists, as well as by highly skilled and specially trained nurses, respiratory therapists, clinical pharmacists, child life specialists, discharge planners and dieticians. Our critical care physicians also care for children who need continuous monitoring in our 10-bed pediatric intermediate care unit. MUSC Children’s Hospital has a separate 12 bed Pediatric Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit.
The MUSC PICU has an expanding telemedicine program with our referral institutions. Emergency department and inpatient physicians from several Lowcountry hospitals can call in to request a telemedicine consultation by MUSC pediatric intensivists. These video links provide a valuable opportunity to see the patient, meet the family and offer timely medical advice to the referral team.
MUSC was the first South Carolina children’s hospital to receive the Level I Trauma Center designation by the American College of Surgeons and we are the pediatric transplant center for SC. In addition, our pediatric surgical colleagues and burn nurses provide outstanding care for the state’s only Pediatric Burn program.
The Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine is active in the education of nursing, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, nutrition, and medical students at MUSC as well as pediatric and emergency medicine resident physicians.
Conventional mechanical ventilation
High-frequency mechanical ventilation
Non-invasive positive pressure ventilation
Inhaled nitric oxide
Hemodynamic management, including PiCC02 monitoring
Ultrasound guided vascular access
Pediatric extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
Continuous renal replacement therapies (CRRT)
Continuous video electroencephalographic (EEG) monitoring
Intracranial pressure monitoring
MUSC Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Attn: Elyse Kaiser
135 Rutledge Avenue, MSC 566
Charleston, SC 29425
The U.S. News & World Report rankings place the MUSC Children’s Hospital heart program among the top 20 in the country. Six MUSC Children’s Hospital divisions are honored in the rankings: