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When your child is admitted to the intensive care units at GOSH

PICU (Seahorse), NICU (Dolphin) and CICU (Flamingo) are units for babies, children and young people requiring intensive care. This page explains a little about the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Cardiac Intensive Care (CICU) at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). We hope that this will help you at this difficult time.

Adalimumab injections

Anti-TNF medicines, such as adalimumab, etanercept and infliximab, act against a protein in the blood called Tissue Necrosis Factor Alpha (TNFα). This protein can cause inflammation when it is present in large amounts in the blood.

Skin biopsy: punch method

The skin is complex with an array of functions. It is the body’s largest organ, protecting the deeper tissues and organs from mechanical damage, chemical damage, bacterial damage, ultraviolet radiation and thermal damage. The skin aids in regulating body temperature, in excretion of urea and uric acid and also synthesis of vitamin D (Marieb 2012). 

Fludarabine

Fludarabine is a chemotherapy medicine used to treat certain types of leukaemia such as acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). It is also used to prepare some children for bone marrow transplant.

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