what is a pediatric hospitalist?
Pediatric hospitalists focus on providing care for hospitalized children. During your child’s hospital stay, the pediatric hospitalist will get to know you and your child personally. He or she will be able to recognize when your child’s medical needs change, and respond quickly with appropriate care. If the hospitalist is your child’s attending physician, he or she will:
- Establish a care plan for the team to follow
- See your child at least once a day, during family-centered rounds
- Answer your questions and provide new information about your child’s condition as it becomes available
- Order tests and procedures, and follow up on test results, as needed
- Perform procedures as needed
- Coordinate care with other specialists who may be involved in your child’s care
- Help with discharge planning so that your child receives the care he or she needs after returning home
- Share information with your child’s primary care physician about your child’s hospital stay and follow-up care needs
If a pediatric surgeon or other specialist serves as your child’s attending physician, the hospitalist will work with that physician to provide support and address general concerns.