After transplant surgery, your child will go directly to Lurie Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Approximately one hour after arrival in the PICU, you will be able to come into the room to see your child.
Pain medication and sedation will be used to keep your child comfortable. Also, they will have several IV's and a Foley catheter in their bladder. The nurse in the PICU will explain the purpose of the monitors and tubes that your child has attached at this time. Before you enter your child's room, you will be asked to wash your hands, because hand washing is the most important way to protect your child from infection after surgery.
A typical stay in the PICU is one day. During that time:
When the transplant team feels that your child is ready, they will be transferred to the inpatient floor. Your child will need to begin walking around their room and participating in activities to increase their strength. The nurses on the floor and the transplant team will then teach your family how to take care of your child at home. If all goes well, your child should be able to go home after approximately one week.