Riley at IU Health is the leading provider of medical care for critically ill and seriously injured infants and children in Indiana. Our healthcare providers have the knowledge and expertise to care for children with complex medical, surgical and traumatic conditions.
Our doctors—pediatric intensivists with expertise in the care of critically ill children—provide 24-hour on-site medical care. Our team also includes specially trained pediatric critical care nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and nutritionists. Our critical care specialists work closely with Indiana University Health LifeLine to ensure the safe transport of patients to Riley at IU Health.
Led by a group of faculty attending physicians, our critical care team uses advanced medical technology to support and treat children with life-threatening conditions. Riley at IU Health is the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in Indiana.
We care for children with a wide variety of medical and surgical conditions, including:
- Congenital heart disease
- Post-operative recovery from a variety of surgical procedures, including those performed by pediatric general surgeons; neurosurgeons; ear, nose and throat surgeons; plastic surgeons and orthopedic surgeons
- Kidney, liver, multivisceral (multi-organ) and cardiac transplants
- Traumatic injuries
- Burn injuries and smoke inhalation
- Respiratory failure
- Inborn errors of metabolism
- Pediatric cancer, including children receiving hematopoietic stem cell transplants
As part of our patient- and family-centered approach, we encourage parents and caregivers to participate in their child's care. We welcome parents and caregivers to observe and participate in daily rounds as they feel comfortable.
Children in critical care may be required to have extended hospital stays, numerous surgical procedures and ongoing, meticulous care. Our skilled medical, nursing and support team has expertise in helping patients and families through these challenges. We also provide guidance and support to those who will care for your child as he or she prepares to go home.
Treatments that we provide include:
- Advanced mechanical ventilation
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
- Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT)
- Targeted temperature control for children recovering from cardiac arrest
Conditions & Services
We offer a number of different Critical Care services. Below are some, but not all, of the services that we provide. If you have a question about a specific service that is not listed here, please contact our department.
Our highly experienced doctors provide a full spectrum of critical care services for children with the most severe illnesses and injuries.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
Related Programs & Departments
Related Programs & Departments
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related programs & departments.
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For Health Professionals
We work with referring physicians to care for patients from throughout Indiana and surrounding regions. Our team also seeks to advance the field of pediatric intensive care, participating in clinical research and clinical trials at both the institutional and national levels in close partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Transfer a Patient
We partner with the IU School of Medicine to provide the next generation of pediatric critical care physicians with education, training and clinical experience. Our department offers an accredited pediatric critical care fellowship training program.