Having surgery is difficult enough for an adult. For a child with complex medical needs, it can be particularly tough. The emotional and physical tolls of surgery on a pediatric patient with chronic illness or organ failure can be quite debilitating, leading to a less optimal medical condition before a procedure and a longer recovery period afterward.
Activity monitors like Fitbit have become an increasingly popular way for people to measure their activity level, typically by the amount of steps they take while going about their daily lives. For physiatrists and other clinicians specializing in pediatrics—who often must rely on subjective reports from patients and caregivers, as well as their own brief observations during regular visits, to gauge progress—such devices may be just what the doctor ordered to provide concrete, objective data about the mobility of pediatric patients using gait aids such as walkers, crutches and wheelchairs.
Choosing a health insurance plan is a daunting task for anyone, now factor in caring for a child with special or complex medical needs that requires coverage for multiple specialists, several weekly therapy sessions and many billable medical devices. In addition to educating your patient’s parents about their care; you shouldn’t be tasked with educating them about how insurance works. That’s where we come in.
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.
It is no secret that New Jersey now has the highest reported rates of autism in the country. This means that 1 in every 45 children in the state is diagnosed with the developmental disability; a statistic that leaves many residents scratching their heads.