CycleSwap 2018: Proceeds going to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in The Montreal Children’s Hospital

Need a new bike, or have one to sell or swap?

This year, all proceeds from the sale of all bikes will go towards purchasing one new ultrasound machines for brain imaging at the bedside in the Montreal Children’s Hospital PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit).


Caring for the Children’s Most Critically Ill Patients

The Montreal Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is world renowned for its clinical care, training and research.  The highly skilled, multidisciplinary team provides advanced critical care to 800 to 900 children per year.

The 12-bed PICU of the new Children’s at the Glen Site is located on the 6th Floor of Pavilion B, across from Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and with vertical adjacencies to the Emergency Department, Operating Rooms and Medical Imaging Departments. The single rooms are spacious, with sliding glass doors that allow the medical team to closely monitor each patient’s condition, while providing each family with their own personal space.

The PICU’s multi-disciplinary team of 65 is composed of physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, respiratory therapists, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist and a pharmacist.  The critical care medical team includes specialists in pediatrics, pediatric surgery and pediatric anesthesia. A comprehensive psychosocial team includes a social worker, child life worker, psychologist, ethicist and chaplain.  They offer valuable emotional and instrumental support to families as well as crisis intervention.

The age group admitted includes infants, children and adolescents through to age 18, and sometimes older, long-term patients who have been previously treated in the pediatric unit. Patients treated in the PICU come from every area within the Hospital, including cardiovascular diseases, neurology, hematology/oncology, trauma, nephrology and respiratory diseases. These are the sickest children at the Hospital and include those children and adolescents who have had or are waiting for a transplant.

In order to provide the most advanced care, these professionals require state-of-the-art equipment that will contribute to the cornerstones of the Children’s mission: care, teaching and research.  The following priority equipment need each plays an important role in furthering one or more of these areas.


Cerebral/neuro probe for ultrasound machine

The PICU is purchasing two new ultrasound machine’s that will bring the latest technology to the PICU, including the possibility to do brain imaging at the bedside. These will be used on a daily basis to perform a variety of scans of vital organs on the 800 to 900 patients admitted to the PICU each year, without having to transport them to the medical imaging department on the 2nd floor.

Ultrasound imaging of the head uses sound waves to produce pictures of the brain and cerebrospinal fluid. It is most commonly performed on infants, whose skulls have not completely formed. Ultrasound is safe, non-invasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.

A cerebral probe is an important accessory to facilitate imaging of the brain. Oftentimes, probes must be borrowed from other departments or event the adult site. Acquiring a dedicated neuro probe for the PICU’s new ultrasounds will ensure that these imaging exams can be done more often and in a timely manner.

The cost of the probe is $12,500.

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