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Superior intensive care for your little ones.
Specially designed for our little patients and their families, our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is equipped with the latest technologies, including full life support and monitoring for children of all ages.
Children come to the PICU at Florida Hospital for Children are often having severe problems breathing, have certain heart defects, are experiencing complications from diabetes or are involved in a serious accident. Our PICU caregivers are trained to deal specifically with these critical cases.
Once your child has been admitted to PICU, a lot will be happening very quickly. While it may seem overwhelming at first, our staff wants you to be highly involved as a member of the care team. We feel it is vital to your child’s health and healing that you are at the center of our patient-centric brand of healthcare. Our physicians, nurses and support staff will be more than happy to answer your questions and you’ll have ready access to the hospital’s chaplain, social workers and counselors during your child’s stay to help you with the psychological and emotional aspects of illness or injury. Rest assured, you are never alone when your child is in need at Florida Hospital for Children.
Though the setting is decidedly high tech, the care your child receives is extremely traditional – with friendly, caring nurses and support staff and knowledgeable doctors who genuinely care about the health and healing of your child.
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Meet the Medical Director
Ben L. Guedes, MD
As medical director of PICU, Dr. Guedes directs a team that is dedicated to stabilizing children who are suffering from often life-threatening complications from a disease, injury or accident. Board-certified in pediatrics, Dr. Guedes has been practicing medicine in the greater Orlando area since 1983 and is highly experienced in treating young patients in the region who are facing a critical health condition. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
As Medical Director of Pediatric ICU and the Pediatric Sedation Service, Dr. Godshall provides the care needed when your child has been involved in a serious accident, suffered an injury, or has a severe illness or infection, including stabilizing vital signs in the first critical moments after arriving at the hospital. Dr. Godshall also uses various types of sedation, from ventilators to ultrasound, to ensure that your child is free of pain, remains still and is comfortable during certain procedures.