One of the main requirements for accreditating the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit for receiving funds from the “Seguro Popular” health coverage of the Mexican government, was the creation of a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU or UTIP for its acronym in Spanish) in Salvatierra Hospital.
The PICU is also a crutial part of the success of the pediatric heart surgery rounds. Once the medical team from Omaha leaves after the last surgery, it’s the Mexican UTIP team that does most of the post-op care.
Twice a year, the nurses from the PICU receive training at Omaha Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in order to continue to improve the post-op care of the cardiac surgical patients.
In addition to the support given to the oncology and cardiology programs, the PICU also serves all kinds of critical pediatric patients from all over the state. It is still the only unit of its kind in Baja California Sur.