Providing system level planning to strengthen Ontario’s paediatric critical care system.
The paediatric critical care system in Ontario is comprised of five Paediatric Academic Health Sciences Centres. These hospitals have the capacity and capabilities to provide critical care services for paediatric patients (1 month – 18 years old).
Paediatric Academic Health Sciences Centres
Ontario Health Region
Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre
McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences Centre
The Hospital for Sick Children
Kingston Health Sciences Centre
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
The Paediatric Academic Health Sciences Centres are committed to providing timely access to quality care for paediatric patients within their catchment areas. In addition, representatives from these hospitals share their expertise with physicians across the province through the Extramural Paediatric Critical Care Response Team (PCCRT) Program. This program enables virtual consultations between paediatric intensivists and physicians in community hospitals to support patient care.
Paediatric Levels of Care Guidance document, approved by Paediatric Critical Care Advisory committee of CCSO (October 2023), describes the criteria and capabilities of Level 2 and Level 3 PICUs in Ontario at the unit level. The purpose of this document is to serve as a guidance for both level 2 and level 3 PICUs currently operating, as well as those in the planning phase of developing new PICUs.