Contemporary Pediatrics Hospital Zone

Puppy brigade reports for duty
Puppy brigade reports for dutyA therapy dog program at a children’s hospital provides comfort for pediatric patients and families facing the unfamiliar and a sense of normalcy that makes a frightening hospital experience less so.
NICU graduation is the icing on the cake for families heading homeFor parents of infants who require extra care after birth, experiences in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) can be filled with the anxiety and stress of frequent setbacks. Here's how one hospital helps parents mark the transition to home and bring a joyful closure to the NICU experience.
Reimagineering chemotherapyFun isn’t what you’d typically expect in a chemotherapy infusion room. Yet, that’s precisely the environment an adolescent and young adult oncologist and a former Disney Imagineer created with the Infusionarium concept.
Health home meets foster care’s complex needsAn integrated health home in North Texas aims to fill disparities in physical and mental health, educational attainment, and special healthcare needs for today’s children in foster care.
National hospital initiative targets preventable injuriesUnintentional injury is ranked number one among the 10 leading causes of death in children. In fact, injuries, ranging from car and bike crashes to poisonings and gunshot wounds, kill more children than anything else, starting at age 1 year to age 44 years.
Cleft lip and palate: Team approach to treatmentA look at how one hospital is tackling cleft lip, cleft palate, and other craniofacial conditions.
Boosting micropreemie outcomesHospital discharge for extremely low-birth-weight (ELBW) infants, defined as those born at 28 weeks or earlier and weighing less than 1000 g at birth, often means significant ongoing health challenges for these babies and their families.
Medical clowningMedical clowning has a growing base of evidence giving credibility to its effectiveness with both pediatric and adult patients. In addition some physicians report anecdotally that having a medical clown participate in a child’s care helps everyone involved—from patients and parents to staff.
Teaching kids to cope with stressThere’s no shortage of worldwide traumatic events impacting children. Most recently, a natural disaster in Nepal and protests-gone-violent in Baltimore took center stage. As traumatic as they are, disasters such as these tend not to be as mentally and physically damaging and prevalent as the chronic stressors many of America’s children experience.
Tackling BPD-associated hospitalizationsBoston Children’s bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) rehospitalization rates for children aged 1 and 2 years are dramatically lower than the national average. Lawrence Rhein, MD, a neonatologist and pulmonologist, and director of the Center for Healthy Infant Lung Development, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts, says it’s not high-priced technology that keeps children with this serious lung disease out of the hospital.