Children’s Hospital of San Diego (CHSD) is a 442-bed hospital that first
opened in 1954, and now includes a 30-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
(PICU), a 30-bed intermediate ICU, and an Emergency Department. The
amalgamation with the University of California, San Diego in 2001 has led to
the relocation of all inpatient pediatric services to CHSD, including
intensive care. CHSD serves as the only major pediatric regional referral
center in a two county area admitting approximately 10,000 patients per year
and administering approximately 18,000 anesthetics per year. The Pediatric
Intensive Care Unit admits approximately 1200 patients per year and the
Intermediate ICU approximately 2000 patients per year. CHSD is the only
designated regional Pediatric Trauma Center in the county and admits
approximately 1200 trauma patients per year. CHSD performs 500
cardiovascular surgeries per year, and has an active ECMO program. CHSD
also runs a pediatric transport service which admits 1200 patients per year.
The PICU is staffed by six attending intensivists and six to eight fellows.
Dr. Brad Peterson is the director of the unit.
The CHSD PICU is affiliated with