Quantcast

Your Healthy Family: Kids benefit when parents allowed in treatm - KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo

Your Healthy Family: Kids benefit when parents allowed in treatment rooms

Posted: Updated:

A new national survey by Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children found that 90 percent of Americans think parents should be able to stay with their child during treatment of a life-threatening injury or condition. It’s a policy that the hospital has had in place for years, but experts say this is still not the norm among pediatric trauma centers.

“It’s a common misconception among caregivers that parents will be a distraction in the trauma room, but I’ve actually found that it’s a benefit that not only comforts the patients and parents, but helps guide the care that’s given in those critical situations,” said Donald Plumley, MD, a pediatric surgeon and medical director for pediatric trauma at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital. “Parents are a valuable resource for information on their child such as allergies, medical history and details on their injury or condition.”

Traditionally, parents are confined to a waiting area while their child is treated for a trauma, but experts at Orlando Health say more hospitals should allow parents to be present during treatment. At Arnold Palmer Hospital, parents are able to follow their child into the trauma room alongside the medical team and are accompanied by a dedicated staff member to support them and keep them informed.

“I’ve been amazed at how well parents handle these tough situations when given the chance,” said Plumley. “It helps tremendously if a child is agitated or scared, and oftentimes we’re even able to forgo sedation or administer less pain medication because the parent is able to keep the child calm.”

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • FDA warns pet owners of possible link between dog food and heart disease

    FDA warns pet owners of possible link between dog food and heart disease

    Monday, July 16 2018 5:39 PM EDT2018-07-16 21:39:57 GMT
    (Stock Photo)(Stock Photo)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning pet owners about a possible link between certain dog foods and canine heart disease. The FDA put out a statement on July 12, following reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating specific dog foods that contain peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as the major ingredient. 

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning pet owners about a possible link between certain dog foods and canine heart disease. The FDA put out a statement on July 12, following reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating specific dog foods that contain peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as the major ingredient. 

  • Colorado bull rider suffers fatal injuries at Wyoming rodeo

    Colorado bull rider suffers fatal injuries at Wyoming rodeo

    Sunday, July 15 2018 12:41 PM EDT2018-07-15 16:41:43 GMT

    A memorial service was scheduled for Sunday for a Colorado bull rider who suffered fatal injuries while competing in a Wyoming rodeo. The father of Jason Blasdel of Fruita, Colorado, says his son was injured July 7 while competing at the Platte River Rodeo in Saratoga, Wyoming. 

    A memorial service was scheduled for Sunday for a Colorado bull rider who suffered fatal injuries while competing in a Wyoming rodeo. The father of Jason Blasdel of Fruita, Colorado, says his son was injured July 7 while competing at the Platte River Rodeo in Saratoga, Wyoming. 

  • Missing teenager from Colorado Springs returns home

    Missing teenager from Colorado Springs returns home

    Monday, July 16 2018 9:46 AM EDT2018-07-16 13:46:20 GMT

    The Colorado Springs Police Department says 15-year-old Zoe Vyzourek is home safe. The teenager had been missing since July 4th. 

    The Colorado Springs Police Department says 15-year-old Zoe Vyzourek is home safe. The teenager had been missing since July 4th. 

Powered by Frankly

© KOAA.com 2018, KOAA.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?