Friday, August 31, 2007

Oh, no, your kid is in the hospital

…Having your child in the hospital is a walking nervous breakdown.

…Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian invites parents on “family rounds” to learn about patient care as the docs walk around the rooms.

…Parents, the hospital says, are in integral part of the child’s health care. Nice of them to notice that—yeah, parents still want to be in the loop.

…Maybe even a little pushy!

…Some tips for being part of the your child’s support in the hospital—first, store the nurse’s station number in your wallet—you can call even from within the hospital.

…Make sure the nurses have your contact info.

…Ask the medical team about the plan for the day and write it down.

…Write down questions as you think of them—even in the middle of the night.

…Use your notes when talking to the doctors.

…Ask for as many explanations of a diagnosis, labs or test results as you need until you understand.

…Note changes in the child’s behavior, appetite or pain levels—anything you observe—you know best.

…If the child is in pain, get the nurse immediately. Take no excuses!

…HA would add to this: Your child may be taken care of by a hospitalist—a doctor who specializes in overseeing hospital care. You may not know this person. This person may not know your pediatrician. Your pediatrician may not come while the child is hospitalized.

….But most importantly, the hospitalist may be content to just look at the chart and not check or examine the child several times a day and talk to you at length. Insist on it!

…If you don’t like the treatment you or the child is given, contact your physician and the patient relations division of the hospital!

…This is your kid we are talking about.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello. And Bye.