Pediatric Specialty Care

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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PSC introduces Masimo Patient SafetyNet SystemTM*

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PSC recently introduced SafetyNet by Masimo to our programs across Pennsylvania. Masimo Patient SafetyNet is a remote monitoring and clinician notification system which displays near real time information from any connected Masimo device at a central station and allows for alarms and alerts from the bedside devices to be sent directly to clinicians via pager or 3rd party gateway to IP phones.  It provides flexible and convenient access with the ability to generate and print reports from any PSC computer, eliminating the need to download data directly from the bedside device.  A nurse can specify the start and end times for report data to asses a patient’s oxygenation and respiration rate information during important time periods, such as overnight and sleeping hours.  With this additional monitoring, the entire clinical staff is equipped to respond quickly and efficiently to the children.

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PSC sponsors Sophie Jane Darr Annual Gala February 2017

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PSC was a proud sponsor of Sophie Jane Darr Foundation’s annual gala, held in February. In honor of Sophie and the many kids fighting the unfairness of childhood disease, the Sophie Jane Darr Children’s foundation was formed in 2010 to provide financial assistance to families with a sick child. In December of 2007 at the age of 4, Sophie lost her battle with brain cancer.  She was a typical innocent child full of wonder, curiosity and love. Her courageous battle, smile, and loving spirit have been an inspiration to all who knew her, and inspired her grandparents to start this foundation. SJDF hosts two annual events – a golf outing and the gala. To learn more visit sophiejanedarrchildrensfoundation.org

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Triumph over Trauma – a Case Study

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A 19 year old female was admitted to one of our PSC communities from a local hospital. She was hit by a car, suffered bilateral pelvic fractures, unable to bare weight on both lower extremities. She remained with PSC for a month. The Physical therapy team got her to weight baring status. She was transferred to a rehabilitation facility, and then successfully discharged home in 4 weeks. We are proud to have been a part of this brave and determined young woman’s triumph over trauma.

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Learning

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Each child is unique, and learns and develops in their own individual way. PSC is proud to be equipped and experienced in determining the best action plan for each child’s learning potential. Once the best learning solution is identified, the PSC team will coordinate all educational services both on and off grounds. Some of the PSC children and young adults attend school off grounds. We believe in supporting this integration in the local community and schools, as appropriate for the child, and when their attendance at those schools will maximize their potential. We are overjoyed when a PSC child graduates from preschool, attends a High school prom, or even something as simple as riding a bus. All of these opportunities help enhance the child’s experience and contribute to their growth and development in many ways.

 

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