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Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit (PIMU)

When your child is seriously ill or injured, you want the best care possible from a team that has the compassion and skills to meet your child's and family's needs. At New-York-Presbyterian Queens, children who need a higher level of care than they would receive in a hospital pediatric inpatient unit can be treated in our new Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit (PIMU). This five-bed unit serves acutely ill children and others with illnesses that require more frequent monitoring and attention.

PIMU Services

Children who are admitted to the PIMU can receive:

  • Monitoring of heart and lung function (cardiopulmonary monitoring)
  • Closer monitoring by nurses
  • Respiratory therapy and noninvasive respiratory support
  • Close monitoring and medical management after surgery

Dedicated Monitoring for Children with Seizures

NewYork-Presbyterian Queens is the only hospital in the borough with a pediatric video electroencephalography (VEEG) program. We have beds in our PIMU that are hard-wired to observe and track seizures in children with epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Through close monitoring, our doctors can determine the best types and doses of antiseizure medication needed to control a child's seizures.

Pediatric Hospitalist Program

Photo of the PIMU nursing station

Hospitalists are doctors who work only within the hospital and provide continuity of care. Pediatric hospitalists serve as your child’s primary physician while at the hospital, and then transitions care back to your pediatrician when your child is ready to go home. The PIMU at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens is one of the first in New York with round-the-clock pediatric hospitalist coverage. This means that children who come to our hospital have clinicians with special expertise and skills in a variety of areas:

  • Experience treating a wide range of diseases and disorders.
  • Excellent communication with the pediatric subspecialists at NewYork-Presbyterian.
  • Hands-on expertise on specialized procedures such as placing intravenous (IV) lines, urinary catheterization, and lumbar puncture.
  • Coordination of your child's care, including discharging your child to go home from the hospital, ensuring follow-up appointments with your pediatrician and subspecialists, and arranging for outpatient equipment, if needed.