With many pediatric cases becoming more complex, requiring an ever-widening network of care services, it often can be challenging for providers to find and coordinate the right care at the right time for their patients. Recognizing the need for a comprehensive, yet streamlined, referral process to ensure kids receive appropriate and timely treatment, Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH) established a Referral Development Department many years ago. Referral Development facilitates care transitions from various acute-care hospitals into our core inpatient rehabilitation programs—general, spinal injury, brain injury, orthopedic, neuromuscular and infant-toddler—as well as our long-term care program.
Did you know that 1 in every 750 children is born annually with the birth defect Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)? The disorders that can result from prenatal exposure to alcohol, a teratogenic substance, range from physical deformities to brain and central nervous system problems to behavioral issues. Children born with FAS frequently face great cognitive and emotional challenges, so treatment by trained and knowledgeable pediatric specialists is critical to promoting coping skills and optimal daily functioning.
Pediatric patients recovering from a spinal cord injury, brain injury or stroke at Children’s Specialized Hospital now have access to ZeroG, cutting edge balance and gait training system that helps patients to walk again. Here at Children’s Specialized Hospital, we include ZeroG in our intensive pediatric rehabilitation hospital program, making us one of only two children’s hospitals in the country to offer the device.
The medical field is improving every day, and growing advancements in the healthcare field mean that more and more children are surviving traumatic injuries. As the number of children who survive accidents increases, so, too, does the number of pediatric patients who require rehabilitation for injuries sustained as a result of multiple trauma.
Uncontrolled spasticity is often a hallmark of cerebral palsy, as well as a chronic disorder that can cause pain and lead to muscle contracture and even deformity or dislocation of joints. In the pediatric population in particular, the overactive reflexes and increased muscle tone and tightness associated with spasticity can present many challenges to parents and caregivers with regard to activities of daily living such as dressing and hygiene. Fortunately, when stretching, bracing or casting cannot reduce spasticity, we can turn to another technique: the alcohol block.