Hospital Medicine - Patient Care and Treatment

Hospital Medicine - Patient Care and Treatment

Pediatric Hospital Medicine has hospitalists, a group of children’s doctors who focus on caring for kids who have been admitted to the hospital. Hospitalists work closely with the child’s primary care provider and any specialists helping in the clinical care of the patients. They also help the family understand the child’s treatment, recovery plan, and understand the hospital system. 

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Pediatric hospitalists treat many health problems

Our group of Pediatric Hospital Medicine hospitalists care for infants, children and teenagers who are staying in the hospital (inpatient care). The doctors treat a wide range of health problems that include:

  • Asthma, croup, bronchiolitis, pneumonia  and other breathing problems
  • Urinary tract infections, skin infections and other bacterial infections 
  • Vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration (lack of fluids in the body)
  • Seizures, headaches and other problems of the nervous system
  • Diabetes  and diabetic ketoacidosis (when the body makes too many blood acids, or ketones)
  • Lupus, arthritis, Kawasaki disease, HSP  (Henoch-Schonlein purpura) and other joint, muscle and ligament problems
  • Lyme disease and rocky mountain spotted fever
  • HIV

Our hospitalists also:

  • Work with eye specialists and ear/nose/throat (ENT) doctors to treat eye/orbit and neck infections
  • Manage care with specialists to treat complex health problems
  • Perform lumbar punctures (also called spinal tap, where we take fluid from the spine in the lower back through a hollow needle). To make this as comfortable and safe as possible, this is usually done with sedation provided by pediatric anesthesiologists.

Doctors in our Pediatric Hospital Medicine division are part of these programs and clinics:

  • Pediatric Multidisciplinary Weight Loss Program - this program helps overweight children and teens.
  • Med-Peds Clinic - pediatric doctors in training (also called “residents”) work in this clinic to treat complex health problems.
  • Hospital to Home Transition Clinic - supports patients who have left the hospital but may need special follow-up care.
  • Diagnostic Dilemma clinic - this is part of our Transitional Care Clinic. It follows up with patients who need more tests to figure out odd symptoms, or those who may still need to see a few specialists.

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Phone: 717-531-5606
Fax: 717-531-0648