Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
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The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital provides extraordinary high-level care for newborns, infants and children with heart conditions, both congenital (present from birth) and acquired.

Our doctors and nurses are among the world's most experienced in treating congenital heart disease and have been pivotal in developing new treatments, such as radioablation therapy for heart rhythm disturbances, catheter-based treatments, pulmonary vascular therapies, surgical strategies that protect the neurological system and heart-lung support called rapid-deployment extracorporeal assist devices.

Your child will be cared for by a team of pediatric specialists including cardiologists, anesthesiologists, heart surgeons and intensivists, who have additional training in caring for very sick children. We are committed to excellent care and family participation as well as to research to improve the care we provide.

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The unit includes eight beds for patients who suffer from heart conditions or are recovering from surgery or catheter-based treatment. Newborns with heart problems may be transferred to the Intensive Care Nursery once their heart conditions are stabilized.

The PCICU, along with the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Intensive Care Nursery, make up the intensive care services at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, which together care for more than 1,000 children a year. About half are already UCSF patients. Others arrive by ambulance, helicopter and airplane from throughout the western United States. For information on transport options, refer to the Pediatric Transport Service.

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Getting Here

Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
1975 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-1955
Fax: (415) 353-9144

Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Visiting Guidelines

Parents may visit at any time. However, you may be asked to leave the PCICU if there's an emergency or a need to perform a special procedure. All visitors must complete a health screening before entering the unit. Young siblings are welcome to visit, but we ask that you closely supervise your children at all times. Our Child Life Department provides activities and play spaces for patients' siblings while in the hospital.

Family members and friends may visit if accompanied by a patient's parent. When a parent can't visit for an extended period, arrangements can be made to allow relatives or friends to visit unaccompanied by a parent. However, you must leave written permission with the unit service coordinator. Please keep in mind that we may need to limit the number of visitors to maintain a calm and safe environment.

We have a waiting room for visitors. There is also a kitchen equipped with a microwave oven, refrigerator, freezer and cabinets that you may use if you wish to bring food to the hospital. Please ask your nurse if you have questions.

Visitors are not allowed if they have colds, flu or fever or if they were recently exposed to a contagious disease.


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Satish K. Rajagopal
Dr. Satish K. Rajagopal,
pediatric cardiologist
Sarah Tabbutt
Dr. Sarah Tabbutt,
pediatric cardiologist and critical care specialist
Josh Cisco
Dr. Josh Cisco,
pediatric critical care specialist
Sanjeev Datar
Dr. Sanjeev Datar,
pediatric critical care specialist
Jeffrey Fineman
Dr. Jeffrey Fineman,
pediatric critical care specialist
Patrick McQuillen
Dr. Patrick McQuillen,
pediatric critical care specialist
Peter Oishi
Dr. Peter Oishi,
pediatric critical care specialist
Scott Soifer
Dr. Scott Soifer,
pediatric cardiologist and critical care specialist
Sandrijn van Schaik
Dr. Sandrijn van Schaik,
pediatric critical care specialist
Maria Zuluaga
Dr. Maria Zuluaga,
pediatric critical care specialist
Anya Dubin
Anya Dubin,
social worker
Kelly Earls
Kelly Earls,
clinical social worker
Amie Rudolph
Amie Rudolph,
Clinical social worker

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