Children who are patients at UC Davis Children's Hospital pediatric intensive care unit have a higher likelihood of surviving their illness or injury when compared with other PICUs in national benchmark data. In fact, UC Davis PICU's survival rate is higher than all but one of a select group of 32 PICUs located throughout the country. "The children we see in this unit are the most critically ill, and the care we provide tips the scale daily between life and death," said James Marcin, a UC Davis School of Medicine assistant professor and physician who tracks the unit's performance. "Our team – the doctors, nurses, therapists, child life specialists, dietitians and clergy – can be proud that the vast majority of our patients are able to go home to their families."
The Pediatric Risk of Mortality benchmark data, collected and managed by Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., comes from 32 pediatric intensive care units that represent both academic and non-academic, and nonprofit and for-profit units.