AAP discusses responsibilities, role of pediatric hospitalists

October 2, 2013
AAP discusses responsibilities, role of pediatric hospitalists

(HealthDay)—Pediatric hospital medicine programs have an established place in pediatric medicine, and the expanded roles and responsibilities of pediatric hospitalists should be recognized, along with their integrated role among community pediatricians, according to a policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published online Sept. 30 in Pediatrics.

Laura J. Mirkinson, M.D., and colleagues from the AAP Section on Hospital Medicine, discuss the expanded roles and responsibilities of pediatric hospitalists and pediatricians who care for patients in and outside the hospital.

The authors put forth basic principles that can be applied to hospital medicine programs. Each pediatric program should be designed to meet the specific needs of the patients in the community it serves. Pediatric hospitalists and their leadership should be aware of the institution and its organizational structure. Pediatric hospitalists should develop expertize in areas including leadership, quality, safety, and performance management. Patient- and family-centered care should be promoted and pediatric hospital programs should be driven by data collection and outcome-based assessments. Pediatric hospitalists should advocate for pediatric safety and promote recognition of value added by hospitalists to hospital programs.

"The purpose of this statement has been to address the particular roles and responsibilities of pediatric hospitalists, but it is implicit in all the aforementioned recommendations that the overarching goal is always to provide the best possible care for children and protect the safety of children in the hospital setting," the authors write.

Explore further: All hospital emergency rooms should be prepared for children

More information: Full Text

Related Stories

Study profiles inpatient peds dermatology consultations

July 19, 2013

(HealthDay)—Pediatric dermatologists are consulted for patients ranging in age from newborn to 17 years, with the most common diagnostic categories being infectious diseases, graft-versus-host-disease, and dermatitis, according ...

Pediatricians key in rural emergency medical services

October 29, 2012

(HealthDay)—In rural areas, pediatricians can play a key role in the development, implementation, and ongoing supervision of emergency medical services for children (EMSC), according to a policy statement from the American ...

Recommended for you

Mothers and infants connect through song

February 16, 2017

As one of the first records of human music, infant-directed singing permeates cultural boundaries and parenting traditions. Unlike other forms of caregiving, the act of mothers singing to infants is a universal behavior that ...

Study finds naps may help preschoolers learn

February 8, 2017

Research has shown that naps play an important role in sustaining new learning in infants. A new study from the University of Arizona suggests naptime could have a similar effect on language learning in preschool-age children.

Researchers create a song that makes babies happy

February 6, 2017

Plenty of research has looked at adults' emotional responses to music. But research with babies is more piecemeal and eclectic, perhaps reflecting the difficulty of asking them what they like. Researchers know that babies ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.