HERE’S A LOOK AT A CHILD’S JOURNEY FROM A UF HEALTH SHANDSCAIR AMBULANCE TO OUR PEDIATRIC E.R.
Breathing difficulties due to asthma and/or allergies is one of the most common reasons patients come to our Pediatric E.R. Here are the steps taken by our Pediatric E.R. faculty and staff to care for these patients.
If a patient is having trouble breathing, his or her family may call 911 and EMS will transport the child to the Pediatric E.R. for care.
At the registration desk, an admissions specialist works with a family member to register the patient.
Staff assesses the patient’s condition and measures all vital signs to determine acuity and next steps in care.
The team assigns the patient to a room where a nurse further evaluates his or her condition.
A pediatric resident, emergency medicine resident and attending physician evaluate the patient. In this example, they diagnose the patient with asthma.
A respiratory therapist provides a nebulizer, teaches the patient and his or her family how to use the breathing treatment device and discusses medication dosage.
If hospital admission is not necessary, the care team will discharge the patient and provide a referral to a UF Health pulmonologist for follow-up care. If admission is required, UF pediatric hospitalists, faculty and staff will provide expert care to patients with severe asthma conditions.