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Transfer and Discharge

Transferring from the PICU to a Pediatric Unit

When your child no longer needs ICU-level care, he or she may be transferred to another pediatric unit on the 4th floor until they are ready to be discharged from the hospital. Going to another unit is a good thing – it means your child is getting better! Your nurse will let you know if your child will be transferring to another unit.

Preparing for Discharge

TeamWe want to make your transition home as smooth as possible. Your care team will discuss discharge plans with you. Feel free to ask questions, such as:

  • What does the child need to do to be discharged?
  • Can the team guess when we will be discharged?
  • What do I need to do to get ready?

In some cases, the discharge process takes a lot of time. Prescription planning may take a few hours. Please be patient while we prepare you and your child for discharge. Before your child is discharged, be sure you feel comfortable with his or her aftercare. Your nurse will review discharge instructions with you in detail, including activity, diet, wound care, medications, symptoms that would require immediate medical attention, and follow-up appointments.

If your child will require supportive technology, like oxygen or a ventilator, either in the long term or short term, plans will be made well in advance of the discharge date. You may need time to learn how to operate equipment, arrange for in-home services, and know who to contact in case questions come up once you go home.