At Colleton Medical Center, providing high quality care in a safe, secure, and comforting environment for the community’s youngest patients is a top priority. The hospital offers pediatric rooms that are child-friendly, adding touches such as fluffy clouds painted on walls, and modifying diet selections that little ones will enjoy. And a family centered approach to treating children is a step that makes the biggest difference.
Beginning in the Emergency Department and throughout the facility, the focus on pediatric care is at the level of hospitals in larger cities. Training of staff, the addition of unique technology, and the hospitalist program allows CMC to boast high standards for young patients. The Pediatric Hospitalist works closely with Pediatricians and Family Practice physicians in the community who admit patients. If a child is critically ill, they are getting round-the-clock medical care because the Hospitalist is present and able to order tests or make changes in treatment day or night without waiting on a call-back from the primary physician.
Over 26% of the patients who access CMC’s Emergency Department are children. New technology called the Artemis or eBroselow system improves care and allows quicker and more accurate treatment if a child’s condition worsens. Through a system of color coded arm bands that correspond to the child’s weight/height, physicians and nurses are provided with computerized information that tells them how to mix medications and perform resuscitation measures more accurately based on the child’s size. The hospital provides the eBroselow bands and measuring tools to Fire Rescue so that the system is put in place as soon as the child is picked up by ambulance. Having an internationally accepted color coding system also helps with continuity of care if a child is transported for more acute services.