You will have a clinical coordinator assigned to your child or teenager. This person will follow your child through their hospital stay and make sure care plans are in place.
Your child or teenager will have a care plan and will be used by his/her care team. This is basically a binder that is a 'work in progress'. It is updated every shift. In it, you would find information such as your child's medical history, doctor's orders and information parents or caregivers have provided to the nurses such as your child's likes or dislikes.
Doctors on the unit
Royal University Hospital is a teaching hospital. On Acute Care Pediatrics, you and your child may meet different doctors. Here is an overview of who you might meet:
- Pediatricians - these are doctors who have received fours years of extra training specifically about caring for children. They are the lead in your child's care plan. They can often be seeing teaching other doctors or medical students who are training on the unit.
- Pediatric Residents - these are doctors who are in various stages of training between first and fourth year of pediatrics to become pediatricians. These are the individuals you will often see during the evening and nights. They are on the unit 24/7.
- Service Residents - these are doctors coming from other services (i.e. obstetrics) who are doing a core rotation in pediatrics.
- Medical Students - College of Medicine students from University of Saskatchewan training to be a doctor.
Your child will belong with either Team ORANGE or Team PURPLE. For children or teenagers who may have to return to hospital, they will then be care for by the same team. This allows team members to get to know your child.
Rounds occur every morning between 9:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
At the start of rounds, pediatric resident who was on-call overnight meet with the pediatrician and the rest of the team, sign over the information from the night before, and inform the team of how your child did during the night. Then, the pediatrician and the team will go and see their patients on the unit. The team will typically start with the sicker patients.
The goal of rounds is to have a plan for the day for your child including if there are additional tests or procedures to be done.
Being at Rounds and Asking Questions
Ideally, we would like to have parents or caregivers in your child or teenagers room during rounds. But, we also know this is not always possible as many families are from outside of Saskatoon or have other children to care for.
So, if you know you can't be there for rounds on a certain day or can only be there at a certain time during rounds, let your nurse know. If the team will do there best to accommodate certain requests. However, this may not always be possible as the team is seeing patients in order of priority based on illness.
Also, the team encourages parents or caregivers to ask questions during rounds. You may want to consider writing down your questions. Many find they think of a question to ask during the day or night. It's helpful to write these down so you remember when the team is meeting with your child or teenager.