Children’s Specialized Hospital and BluePrint Healthcare IT have been named the recipients of Microsoft Corp.’s 2015 Health Innovation Awards—Patient Engagement category, a huge honor!
Since becoming chief medical officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital just last year, I’ve seen extraordinary advancements and outcomes in our treatment of very medically fragile children faced with extremely complex medical conditions. I’ve watched already high acuity levels get even more complex, yet our acute inpatient pediatric rehabilitation programs have remained steadfast and successful in providing the most comprehensive care necessary to return patients home safely and as soon as possible.
The medical community has identified central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) as a serious, but highly preventable, patient safety issue. While years ago CLABSI rates were much higher than they are today, the incidence of this hospital-acquired infection is still reason for concern, considering that CLABSI can lead to increased morbidity and mortality. For patients who need central lines kept in for long periods of time—like the pediatric acute rehab population—it’s imperative that effective safety and quality-of-care systems are put into practice.
We know that standing as a weight-bearing activity is critical to proper physical and mental function—which is why children with cerebral palsy, who may sit for stretches in a wheelchair and typically are unable to stand on their own, can benefit greatly from pediatric standers as part of a comprehensive pediatric rehabilitation program. Pediatric standers are offered in passive, active and mobile formats: Passive standers stay in one place and feature a support surface, active standers allow reciprocal movement of the extremities while in a standing position, and mobile standers enable users to self-propel.
Chronic pain syndromes can be hard to diagnose, continue for a prolonged period of time, and dramatically disrupt a patient’s daily life. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, formally known as Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy is less well understood in the pediatrics population and can cause excessive pain and severely diminished strength and function. Pediatric chronic pain syndromes include Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome.