Tips & Advice
Do children’s hospitals allow parents or guardians to stay with their child overnight?
It’s very common for children’s hospitals to allow parents to stay overnight with their child. This adds to the child’s sense of security and comfort and can be a vital part of their recovery. Parents are also typically allowed to visit 24 hours a day. This practice can vary from institution to institution, but it is a very common practice that comforts both the child and parents.
Do children’s hospitals provide outpatient care?
Many children’s hospitals provide outpatient care. Outpatient clinics can offer pediatric subspecialty and primary care and are dedicated exclusively to caring for children's health care needs.
Do children’s hospitals provide charitable care?
Children’s hospitals, in general, do not provide charitable care. However, there are exceptions. St. Jude’s in Los Angeles is a children’s-only hospital that provides services for free and it is supported by donations and private funding. Most children’s hospitals are based on a standard medical and insurance-based billing system.
Do children’s hospitals provide emergency care?
Yes, children’s hospitals provide emergency care services. As with any emergency, consult a physician or call 911 in an emergency. They will know the best available resources.
What is pediatric transport?
Pediatric transport is a pediatric/neonatal critical care transport team used to transport a premature newborn, a critically ill child, or an injury requiring transport of the child to another medical facility that is better equipped to handle the child’s situation. This can be via ground or air.
Do children’s hospitals provide vaccination services?
While each hospital’s services vary, it is very common to get vaccinated at a children’s hospital. But it is strongly advised to consult a physician and local children’s hospital to confirm their capabilities.
What are the most common treatments provided by children’s hospitals?
While children’s hospitals are equipped to handle nearly all medical conditions and situations, the most common treatments they provide are related to the common cold and flu viruses. The effects these common ailments can have on a young and vulnerable immune system can be severe.
What special services do children’s hospitals provide?
Many children’s hospitals provide special services not found in adult hospitals. For children who have to stay at a hospital for long periods of time, this might include on-site schooling, psychological services, transportation, and even field trips. The primary benefit of the children’s hospital is a staff of medical professionals schooled primarily in treating children. This also includes psychological staff members trained to deal with children dealing with all types of trauma.
How is a children’s hospital different than a regular hospital?
Children’s hospitals are different than regular hospitals in that they offer their services exclusively to children and adolescents. Most children's hospitals serve children from birth up to the age of 18 and concentrate on medical and surgical specialties separate from internal medicine and adult surgical specialties.
Children's hospitals put greater emphasis on the psychosocial support of the child and their families than a traditional hospital can do. Some children's hospitals provide access to age-appropriate entertainment and teaching staff for children who require extended stays as part of the hospital's care program. Standard hospitals would not provide this kind of child-specific attention.
Children's hospitals have the added benefit of being staffed by professionals who are trained in treating young patients. Many children's hospitals continue to see children with rare illnesses into adulthood, allowing for a continuity of care.