"One of the top ten websites in critical care medicine education today"
(Wolbrink et al, Journal of Intensive Care Medicine 2018)

Welcome to LearnPICU. This site contains summaries of core topics in pediatric critical care medicine.  Each topic also has associated practice board-type questions, supporting references, and summaries of seminal articles. Whether you are a medical student or a seasoned intensivist, we hope you find the resources here helpful.     

Recent News
March 12
In a systematic analysis, Wolbrink et al list LearnPICU as one of the top ten websites in critical care medicine education today!

March 6
EPOCH Trial shows no benefit to Pediatric Early Warning Scores on all cause hospital mortality. 

March 1
A huge thank you to Richard Pierce, MD, pediatric intensivist at Yale, for contributing an amazing survival guide resource. Many of the diagrams and charts have also been incorporated into various pages throughout LearnPICU. You can also find the survival guide under General PICU Resources and Stanford PICU Resources.

February 27
SMART investigators demonstrate (marginally) improved outcomes using balanced crystalloid solutions vs. saline in critically ill adults.

February 15
PRESERVE Investigators find no difference in clinical outcomes with use of sodium bicarbonate and oral acetylcysteine compared to normal saline for prevention of contrast induced kidney injury.

February 5
Interested in contributing to LearnPICU? Have an idea for a topic page or additional material for one of the existing pages? Please email kkuo@stanford.edu with your topic idea or content. If accepted, your submission will be edited and then posted with you listed as a contributing author.

January 30
Using the RESTORE database and individual and propensity matching, Barbaro et al find no difference in mortality in pediatric patients with ARDS supported by ECMO vs. those not supported by ECMO.

The site is also known as Custer's Core Curriculum and was named in honor of Dr. Joseph Custer, founder of the pediatric intensive care unit at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, a teacher and mentor to countless fellows, residents, and medical students, and who taught us that when it comes down to it, "the air goes in and out and the blood goes round and round."  

Dr. Joseph Custer

We hope you find the site helpful and welcome any comments or suggestions to improve its content and usefulness. Please contact Dr. Kevin Kuo, editor of the site, with any comments, questions, or suggestions. 

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