What is a Pediatric Hospitalist?
A Pediatric Hospitalist is a board-certified doctor who specializes in caring for infants, children, adolescents and teens that have been hospitalized. Pediatric Hospitalists coordinate your child’s care with your family’s pediatrician or family physician while they are in the Children’s Hospital. Though you may see different Pediatric Hospitalists during your child’s hospital visit, they will be well informed of your child’s condition and needs.
What are the benefits of a Pediatric Hospitalist caring for my child?
- Pediatric Hospitalists are board-certified pediatricians who are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year (including holidays)
- Pediatric Hospitalists ensure quick, coordinated response to changes in your child’s condition
- Pediatric Hospitalists provide consistent care and are familiar with the Children’s Hospital, its staff, and medical specialists
- Pediatric Hospitalists communicate daily with your child’s medical team
- Pediatric Hospitalists are available to care for children with a wide variety of illnesses, injuries, and medical conditions
What types of treatments do Pediatric Hospitalists provide?
Pediatric Hospitalists care for children with a wide variety of illnesses and medical conditions who require hospital care. Such medical conditions include:
- Common pediatric illnesses such as influenza and dehydration
- Problems associated with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and asthma
- Infectious illnesses of the blood, skin, lungs, and kidneys
- Respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia and croup
- Other illnesses that need extensive investigation, observation, and monitoring overnight
Pediatric Hospitalists also provide assistance in recovery from injuries or surgeries. They often assist other pediatricians, family practitioners, general surgeons, and subspecialty physicians in caring for children.
When will the Pediatric Hospitalist visit my child?
Our Pediatric Hospitalists may begin seeing your child as early as 6am. These exams are important in deciding your child’s treatment for that day. Rounding with our entire medical team will also take place between 8am – 12noon each day.
Be sure to write down any questions you have so you can ask them during these times. Members of your medical team will visit your child throughout the day, but should you have an urgent need, please contact your child’s nurse.
What happens when my child is discharged?
You will be notified as soon as possible before your child is to be discharged so you can make arrangements to go home. When your child is ready to be discharged you will receive following:
- Prescriptions for medicines your child will need at home
- Discharge summary of your child’s hospital stay
- If necessary, follow up appointment(s) recommendations