Pediatrics

For You as a Parent: Our interdisciplinary healthcare team includes you as parents in healthcare decisions so that you can feel secure in the knowledge that your child is being well taken care of. Our team of pediatricians, pediatric nurses, and other healthcare providers strive to make your child’s hospital experience, and your time at PMHD as pleasant as possible.

We want parents to be involved in the care of their child and encourage their participation. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to ask us. Spending the night with your sick child is permitted. Sleep chairs are provided for your comfort. We allow one parent or guardian to stay each night. If you plan to sleep in your child’s room, please remember to bring a pillow and blanket from home.

Meals are served in the cafeteria from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Coffee and tea is available in the cafeteria (free) at all times. Food is not allowed to be brought from the cafeteria or outside the hospital into the Pediatrics Unit.

For Your Child

Children in our Pediatric Unit are monitored very closely to assure their progress toward improved health. For that reason, vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure) are checked at a minimum of every four hours or more frequently as the child’s condition requires. It is possible that the child will be woken when these measurements are taken.

Baths are usually given in the morning and as the need arises.

Intake and output measurement is necessary to keep track of your child’s’ nutritional well-being and fluid balance.

When children are ill, medications are generally given via an intravenous (IV) line. This requires the insertion of a Teflon catheter into a vein by puncturing the skin. Since the veins are smaller and deeper on children, it often takes longer to insert the IV on children than on adults. Children’s veins are also often more delicate than adults’, and because of this, IV’s may need to be restarted while the child is hospitalized.

Special treatments or procedures will be carried out by the nurse at time intervals ordered by your physician, and when possible, care will be provided during the time the child is awake.

Patient Security

For your child’s safety and comfort, Pioneers provides a safe and secure environment. Pioneers has an infant and child alarm system that helps protect your child at all times. Children cannot be taken from the Pediatric Unit without the alarm sounding unless the nurse on duty allows their exit, such as when they need an X-ray or other procedure in another department. To avoid “false alarms,” please observe the policy for taking pediatric patients from the unit or ask the nurse on duty if you do not understand.

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