Your Child's Health Care Team

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Child life specialists help ease children's fears about medical procedures. Child life specialists help ease children's fears about medical procedures.

Dayton Children’s is the region’s only medical facility dedicated to the care of children. As the pediatric referral center, Dayton Children’s has been nationally recognized for life-saving quality and clinical improvements. Key areas in the hospital are consistently recognized for outstanding service excellence and parent satisfaction scores. Because we treat children every day, not just now and then, our experience and expertise is unrivaled in our 20-county region.

Our specialists, clinicians, technicians, and other professionals team with you to provide your child with expert care.  

Here are some of the people who may be taking care of your child.

Attending physician
This is the doctor who will direct your child's care. He will diagnose your child and manage your child's treatment. The attending physician may talk to other doctors who are called consulting physicians.

Resident physician
This doctor has graduated from medical school and is completing training in her specialty. Your child's doctor will discuss your child's care with the resident physician.

Advanced practice nurse (APN)
The APN is a nurse with extra training to provide a higher level of care to children. The APN is a step between a nurse and a doctor. APNs work in many areas of the hospital. 

Staff nurse
The staff nurse cares directly for your child and is one of the care team members you will see the most. She is the first person you should talk to if you have questions or concerns.

Patient care assistant (PCA)
The PCA helps the nurse care for your child and reports to that nurse. The PCA will help with procedures, check your child's heart rate, temperature and blood pressure, bathe your child, etc.

Child life specialists
These specially trained team members provide toys, crafts, movies and games for children during their hospital stay. Through play and other activities, the child life specialists help prepare children emotionally and mentally for medical procedures.

From laboratory, medical imaging and other departments, these healthcare professionals perform tests ordered the the doctor.

Physical, occupational, speech, respiratory and feeding therapists may visit with your child to do evaluations or provide treatment ordered by your child’s doctor.  Therapy may continue after your child leaves the hospital.

They evaluate your child’s hearing if hearing loss is suspected or if your child is at risk for hearing loss.

Dietitians help plan meals for your child that meet her nutritional needs and will help promote a smooth recovery.

Patient representative
The patient representative is available if you have a concern or conflict and feel it would be helpful to talk to someone outside the patient care team. This person can also help you commend the staff, make suggestions or share your ideas.

Social worker
Hospital social workers help children and their families deal with the challenges of having a sick child. They can help you understand financial issues and the resources available to you.

Volunteers help in all areas of the hospital. Each volunteer is carefully selected, screened and trained to work with children and families.

The chaplains at Dayton Children's have extensive training in helping children and their families in times of emotional need. They can provide help to individuals of all faiths. If you want your own clergy notified of your child's hospitalization, talk to your child's nurse. An interfaith chapel is located on the second floor near surgery.


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