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Pedatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Visiting Information

First floor, main campus

Phone Numbers

  • PICU-Direct Line(504) 896-9230
  • PICU Medical Director(504) 896-9438
  • Nurse Manager(504) 894-6894

When visiting your child, please do not approach other patients' bedsides or ask questions about their conditions. This is to protect patient confidentiality as well as to prevent the spread of infection.

We encourage parents to visit as often as they are able. Before entering the unit, please call the nurses' station at extension 4230 or 4231. Family members will be asked to step out or delay visiting for the following reasons: shift change between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., an emergency in the unit, physician rounds, special procedures, admission of new patients, or at any other time the staff deems necessary.

Only two (2) visitors are allowed at your child's bedside at a time. Visitation is limited to parents, siblings over age 14, primary caregivers, legal guardians and grandparents. Siblings under the age of 14 are not allowed.

ICU Parents' Lounge
The ICU Parents' Lounge is located directly across from the PICU. The ICU Parents' Lounge is available to parents and family members who have children in the PICU or NICU. Only parents or primary caregivers may stay in the hospital from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Since space is limited, only one sleeper chair is available per family, and personal belongings must be limited to one small bag/suitcase. If space is available, two people may stay in the ICU lounge. If not, one may stay in the ICU lounge, and the second may sit in the cafeteria. Use of any other hospital space is prohibited. Parents or caregivers planning to stay in the hospital overnight must sign the ICU Reservation List by 6 p.m. daily. Two cards will be issued daily between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. to the parents or caregivers staying overnight. The cards must be prominently displayed for security purposes.


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