When your child is suffering from an illness or injury, acute care can help ensure that they make the best recovery possible while receiving the appropriate therapy and rehabilitation at each stage. The pediatric specialists at Dell Children’s take a multidisciplinary approach to fully address both the immediate medical concerns and give your child the tools and opportunity they need to achieve their full physical and cognitive potential after treatment.

The Kids We Care For

Our pediatric patients range in age from newborns to adolescents and include children who have a critical injury or condition that may impact their quality of life. Your child may benefit from acute or inpatient care if they have experienced one or more of the following:

  • Premature birth
  • Epilepsy
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Amputation
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Congenital and neurological disorders, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, stroke, hemorrhage or arteriovenous (AV) malformations
  • Generalized de-conditioning due to illness and extended hospital stays for blood disorders or cancer
  • Impairments after surgery
  • Major trauma from a motor vehicle accident, a sports-related injury or a fall
  • Medical conditions, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome or arthritis
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Pain that limits function

Comprehensive Care

To best meet your child’s needs, Dell Children’s includes several specialized care units:

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Our NICU provides critical care using advanced technology for our tiniest patients. Premature or sick infants receive treatment from a team of neonatologists, nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, social workers and other healthcare professionals.

Level I Trauma Center

Because our staff specializes in therapy and rehabilitation, we provide essential support to the Level I Trauma Center for children with severe injuries. Being involved with your child’s case early allows us to better assess the potential impacts of the injury and begin designing a treatment plan to minimize or eliminate those effects.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

A PICU provides children with the highest level of closely monitored care. This intensive level of care allows our staff to administer lifesaving medications or treatments, such as using a ventilator, that require committed monitoring.

Immediate Care Unit

As your child begins to feel better and moves out of the NICU or PICU, our staff continues to provide critical care in the immediate care unit. Your child will still receive around-the-clock attention from a team of doctors, nurses and therapists but may not require the intense support and monitoring a NICU or PICU offers.

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Children diagnosed with epilepsy can face a lifetime of challenges. The acute care that we provide through the epilepsy monitoring unit can help our specialists evaluate the severity of your child’s condition and identify the best treatment options.

Surgical Pediatric Unit

Children who are recovering from surgery, including orthopedic or oncology procedures, can receive care that encompasses their physical health and overall well-being.

Acute Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Our six-bed unit is the only acute pediatric inpatient rehabilitation care unit in Central Texas, providing multiple types of therapies and outpatient services specifically designed for children.

Our Team

Our approach to acute care considers what may affect your child today and tomorrow. We want to provide the best care possible in the moment while also preparing for the future. That’s why our staff includes professionals in a variety of specialties. Your child’s care team may include doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, respiratory therapists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, a social worker, case managers, child life specialists, music therapists, chaplains, language interpreters and dietitians.

Getting Back to Life

Specialized acute care can be the first step in helping your child begin to recover from an injury or illness. After the critical care stage has passed, additional outpatient therapy and rehabilitation may be recommended to continue improving your child’s quality of life.