Pediatric Specialty Care

Make a Wish Foundation Grants Disney World Wish to PSC Child – Part 1 of 3 part Series

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Join PSC as we walk you through the journey of one special little boy, RB (name has been abbreviated to protect the identity of the minor child), who has stolen the heart of PSC staff over the time he has been with PSC.

RB was admitted to PSC on March 8, 2012 from the NICU in Palmetto Hospital, South Carolina. RB was transferred to PSC with the following diagnosis:
•Pentalogy of Cantrell
•Omphalocele
•Pulmonary Hypertension
•Ectopic Cordis
•Chronic Lung Disease
•17 q12 Duplication (mild to severe ranges of deformities; Speech/oral/Gross Motor delays and ASD)
•Tracheostomy and Ventilator Dependency
•NG tube dependent
•Coded on his first Birthday, 3 days after admission

Clinical challenges aside, RB has blossomed over time, and today, RB is a very loving 8 year old boy, with a highly creative imagination. His “day-to-day antics will light up your world.” According to the progam specialists and recreational thereapists that work with RB regularly, have shared just how special RB is… “RB is the most inquisitive, gentle, kind, brilliant, curious little boy.”

Stay tuned as we share Part 2 of this “wishes really do come true” story.

To learn more about Make a Wish Foundation, visit wish.org/wishes

To speak with the PSC Admissions Team and take a tour of one of PSC’s 6 Pennsylvania locations, contact 877-291-6535 or send us a message at http://pediatricspecialty.com/contact-us/

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PSC Team Steps Up their Game – 2019 TEAM Stepps Training across all sites

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Reflecting on 2019 as we enter into the 4th Quarter of the year. Stay tuned as we share highlights from 2019.

In January, PSC kicked off the year with a TEAM Stepps training. PSC staff from the various sites came together for a day and a half TEAM STEPPS Master Trainer training. TEAM STEPPS is a nationally recognized and powerful solution, developed by the Department of Defense’s Patient Safety program in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality. TEAM STEPPS is a teamwork system designed for healthcare professionals that improves patient safety and enhances communication and teamwork skills. The program is scientifically rooted in 20+ years of research and lessons. TEAM Stepps was launched and all PSC staff members were trained in it throughout the course of the year. Thank you to all the staff that helped pull this together, as well as those that participated.

To speak with the PSC Admissions Team and take a tour of one of PSC’s 6 Pennsylvania locations, contact 877-291-6535 or send us a message at http://pediatricspecialty.com/contact-us/

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Playground Visits are the Best!

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What child doesn’t love a great potato sack slide! The PSC Philadelphia kids went on a trip to Smith Memorial Playground in Philadelphia. It is free and only about 5 minutes from PSCF Philadelphia. They have an abundance of adapted playground equipment. One of the greatest gifts we can any child is the gift of learning through play. Here at PSC we take that role very seriously. Fresh air, fulfilling activities and fun times! It was a great August summer day!

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PSC Celebrates National Social Worker Month!

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Please join PSC and all our colleagues, families, children, doctors and staff in celebrating those special, unique individuals whose calling brought them to the field of Social Work. We applaud you! This month, and every month, we thank you for the support and care you give!
http://www.naswnc.org/?287

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Local school builds children’s toys

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PSC staff welcomes approved volunteers and partners with local community organizations in an effort to enrich the lives of the children and families at PSC. Follow the link here to learn more about these awesome students who came together and chose a project to benefit PSC children. Thank you so much to our friends at Penn Manor School District. We appreciate you!

PMHS students design and build toys for pediatric hospital

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PSC welcomes PCCA (Pediatric Complex Care Association) to Philadelphia

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November 2017 – PSC was proud to sponsor and host PCCA for the 6th annual PCCA conference, held in Philadelphia earlier this month. A wonderful few days of learning, networking, site-seeing, exchanging ideas and planning!

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Emergency Placement – a Case Study

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A 4 year old girl was removed from biological parents due to medical neglect and allegations of abuse. This young girl had cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease, and she was tracheostomy and gastrotomy tube dependent. Her maternal grandmother and back-up caregiver required training. PSC provided them both with training so that they could successfully care for the girl. She was discharged after 6 months. She returned for another short stay for post-op care. It was an honor to serve this family in such a way that ensured she could live safely and flourish with her grandmother.

 

 

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Defining the Acuity Levels

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Level 1  When a child is identified as his/her needs being at a Level 1 this includes:

Minimal Oxygen Requirements, Medication Administration, Minimal Chest Physical Therapy Enteral Feedings, Apnea Monitoring Basic Seizure Management, Orthopedic Devices and Interventions and Gastric Tubes

Level 2 When a child has any of Level 1 requirements PLUS any of the following:

Airway Management/Monitoring Tracheostomy Tube, Increased Oxygen Needs, Pulse Oximetry,

Increased CPT Needs, Suctioning & Nebulizers, Seizure Management/Intervention, Non Invasive Ventilation (CPAP/BiPAP), Multiple Medication Administration, Stoma Care and/or Wound Care

Level 3 When a child has any of Level 1 or 2 requirements plus any of the following:

Ventilator Dependent, Frequent Tracheostomy Tube Changes, Significant Seizure Management, Multiple Medication Administration, Requires Catherization, Frequent Vital Sign Monitoring

Level 4 When a child requires Level 1, 2, or 3 and any of the following:

Multiple Medication Administration Including IVs, Broviacs & Total Parental Nutrition, Significant Behavior Support/Management, Intensive Wound Care (requiring extensive and frequent care: i.e. dressing changes, wound clinic, wound VAC). A child identified at Level 4 is the most clinically demanding in a sub-acute setting, typically requires increased staffing

 

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Respiratory Case Study

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A 1 year old boy was at born at 37 weeks gestation with a history of Penatology of Cantrell, chronic lung disease, and an omphalocele containing multiple organs, including his heart. This young child was very fragile at the time of his PSC admission. He was traceostomy and ventilator dependent. He made exceptional progress since admission, ambulating, weaning off of the ventilator and attending off grounds school. We look forward to his continued success and the possibility of home reunification.

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Every step of the way

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All of our PSC communities offer 24-hour, 7-day integrated clinical, respiratory and medical healthcare services. The entire PSC team works together, collaborating for optimum integration of care for each and every child. The children receive weekly assessments by our physicians. The Pediatrician or Pediatric Pulmonologist is on-call 24/7. Supervisors and nurse managers on every shift to ensure highest quality of care. The Social Services support at PSC includes involving community agencies and resources for pre/post discharge. Our Medical Transport Team for coordination of all sub-specialists follow-up care. Our PSC team is equipped to coordinate all services, including medications (pharmacy consultants) and durable medical equipment. PSC uses a customized clinical management system that provides up-to-the minute patient records. Many services for the children are offered in-house including dental, audiology, and x-rays.

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