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Sanford Children's PICU

Sanford Children's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Sanford Children's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in Fargo cares for children with critical or life-threatening injuries and illnesses. Our experienced pediatric intensivists physicians, highly trained PICU nurses and support staff provide advanced monitoring and treatment for more than 300 children each year. Located in the Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo, we have eight beds equipped with state-of-the-art technology that allows us to care for each child while supporting family-centered care.

Your Child's Care Team

Children may be admitted to the PICU due to the severity of their condition, for close monitoring following surgery or for complications from disease or injuries that require constant care, life support and monitoring. Your child's pediatric intensive care team will include pediatric intensivists (physicians specifically trained to care for children in critical care conditions), PICU nurses, pediatric respiratory care, pediatric anesthesiology, pharmacy, nutritionists, social workers, child life specialists, hospital chaplains and other pediatric specialists from Sanford Children's. We work together as a team to provide the best care possible for your child.

Support During a Difficult Time

We know that having a child in the PICU is frightening and stressful. Uncertainties and an unfamiliar environment can be overwhelming. We are here to provide medical and emotional support to parents, siblings and family members as well as to each child receiving care. Please ask questions. We are here to do our best to explain how your child is doing and encourage parents to be present and as involved as medically possible in the care of your child.

Low Noise, Low Light Healing Environment

Technology allows us to continually monitor your child from anywhere in the PICU, giving you the assurance that we can see how your child is doing at all times without interrupting healing sleep. Because of the critical nature of illness or injury in the PICU, we maintain a low lighting and low noise environment and limit the use of non-PICU wireless technology. We also limit patient visitors to immediate family members only. Parents are allowed to remain with their child round the clock.


Sanford Children's Hospital PICU Fargo is the region's most advanced PICU and receives many children from referring hospitals and physicians. When time is of critical essence, our AirMed, staffed by pediatric intensive care specialists, is available to transport patients 24/7.