Intermediate Care Program Overview
The Intermediate Care Program (ICP) at Boston Children’s Hospital is an inpatient unit dedicated to the care of children who require more intensive nursing care. The unit cares for patients with severe, acute illness who do not require technologies specific to the ICU, or patients with acute on chronic illness who have intense nursing needs.
The majority of children in the ICP have respiratory diseases such as severe asthma, viral bronchiolitis or pneumonia. However, the unit is also home to a wide variety of non-respiratory diagnoses, such as diabetic ketoacidosis and other metabolic and neurologic conditions.
The ICP is a closed unit, meaning that there is a physician with direct responsibility for the patient physically present on the unit at all times. That physician works with a team of pediatric residents, nurses and respiratory therapists. The team also works in collaboration with consulting physicians from a large variety of subspecialties.
The ICP has a fixed ratio of 1 nurse for every 2 children to meet the intense nursing needs of children under our care. A dedicated respiratory specialist is also available at all times.