A new document published by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), and endorsed by AAP, provides comprehensive guidance for clinicians, administrators and policymakers on how to practice pediatric telehealth in a safe and effective manner.
Being able to provide CPR and other methods of first aid is a necessary and revered skill that is required in many fields, from administration to lifeguarding to, most especially, the medical field. While these first aid skills are admired and sought after, over seventy percent of Americans fail to act during a first aid crisis because they either do not know how to perform CPR, or they do not remember their training, according to the American Heart Association. As one might imagine, the ability to perform CPR in the field of pediatric care is even more important and urgent. In fact, many expecting parents undergo training in infant CPR as part of their preparation for their new child. Pediatric first aid includes, but is not limited to: knowledge and training of CPR, the Heimlich Maneuver and other abdominal thrust procedures, and AED administration, as well as familiarity with common procedures such as those pertaining to burns, external bleeding, poison, and seizures.
When dealing with medically fragile children, the need for knowledge of pediatric first aid becomes even more imperative. First, and perhaps most importantly, nearly all CPR-related incidents happen in the domestic space, the domain of a medically fragile child. While children in general are more susceptible to choking hazards, medically fragile children often face addition obstacles. Some of these children have less control over their motor skills, including chewing, swallowing, etc. Additionally, more often than not, food and drinks are being administered to the child by a third party, leaving more room for error. As with any tool, administering technology can lead to complications that may require first aid to be performed. Finally, these children may be prone to seizures and other side effects as a result of a much more serious medical condition. Therefore, it is important for all caretakers, including parents, nurses, doctors, and other important parties, to be well-versed and confident in administering pediatric first aid, including CPR.
Nurses often receive pediatric training in their nursing education. However, as part of their screening, J&D Ultracare requires all nurses to be up-to-date on their training, and will not allow a nurse or other caregiver to enter a home without proper training. Additionally, J&D Ultracare is happy to provide information to families and other caregivers on where and how to receive pediatric first aid skills. We routinely hold training sessions on CPR and other skills. For more information on CPR and other pediatric first aid training, contact our office today!
Welcome to J&D Ultracare’s new blog page! As pediatric nursing is a fluid, ever-changing field, we are excited at the opportunity to stay connected to our current and prospective clients with up-to-date blogs about the going-ons in our office and within the home health care industry.
A little bit about us…
As a member of the pediatric community, J&D Ultracare proudly dedicates its services to providing skilled private nursing to medically fragile children within the comfort of their own home throughout the greater Hudson Valley area.
Located in Suffern, New York, our office first opened its doors in 1985. Since then, we have provided our nursing services to families all over the Hudson Valley, from the northern Sullivan County down to the Bronx, and everywhere in between, including Rockland, Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam, and Ulster counties. This wide radius has allowed us to help many families who may have otherwise had difficulty finding reliable and skilled pediatric nursing assistance.
Additionally, J&D Ultracare is licensed by the NYS Department of Health. Our company is also fully accredited by The Joint Commission.
About our services
J&D Ultracare employs over 200 skilled pedatric nurses. Each nurse is carefully screened and holds the necessary credentials to provide excellent service in their respective field. In short, we look for the best of the best! These nurses work closely and carefully with our in-house team to ensure individualized and attentive care is provided to each of our patients and their families. This especially pertains to scheduling, as we are aware that each family maintains varying schedules and availabilities. Our team is dedicated to accommodating these needs efficiently and effectively.
Our nurses specialize in pediatric care within every age range, including newborns, infants, children, adolescents, and even young adults. Our goal is to make the transition from the hospital to home as easy and seamless as possible. As a result, our Clinical Care Coordinators are happy to work with insurance case managers, discharge planners, physicians and families to make this possible. Once the patient has returned home, our dynamic team will continue to employ and monitor healthcare services.
In addition to providing both short-and-long term care, J&D Ultracare also provides training and support to families in order to allow for independent, individualized, and safe care for their loved ones. It is important to us to provide families with as much knowledge and independence as they require in caring for their loved ones. Because of this, our nurses are dedicated to providing information, resources, and support to our patients and their families, in addition to excellent care.
J&D Ultracare’s staff is comprised of both in-house and field-based professionals, and contains various departments. Our family is large, but tightly-knit, and has over a century of combined clinical and administrative experience. Our commitment and effort to providing excellent home care is unparalleled, and we pride ourselves on the fact that we regularly see positive patient outcomes and satisfaction.
If you are interested in receiving in-home pediatric nursing care for your loved one, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Receiving J&D Ultracare’s service is simple! Our company is contracted with many insurance companies, school districts, and New York State Medicaid. We can also negotiate with insurance companies not mentioned on our website on an individual basis. Feel free to contact our home office Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30-5pm.
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As we continue to expand our blog, check back regularly to read more.
Why Choose Home Care for Medically Fragile Children?
Traditionally, experts advise that family-based care be given to a child who is medically fragile. Other placement options, such as in nursing or group institutions, are only suggested when in-home family care is not an option. As one may suspect, the reason behind this overwhelming agreement among the medical community is based on conventional notions of the importance of childhood. Children, medically fragile or otherwise, require an environment that fosters development and learning. Love, attention, acceptance, and a familial structure all aid in healthy growth. Though institutionalized care has made vast improvements within the past 25 years, often they lack the authenticity that a family provides. Because of this, in-home care is widely favored in comparison to institutionalized care in relation to medically fragile children.
Difficulties of Home Care
While the medical community urges in-home care for medically fragile children, this does not mean that it is a simple task. In fact, the difficulties of in-home care are often the primary reason for a family’s choice of institutionalized care. In-home care requires extensive training and knowledge on the part of the child’s primary caregiver, including staying connected with various medical professionals, maintaining a strict schedule, providing and enforcing a healthy and personalized diet, operating machinery, and much more. This complicated nature of in-home care combined with the financial burdens of caring for a medically fragile child can be stressful for the family unit. Commitment, patience, communication, and perseverance are all necessary to providing a rich and authentic in-home care experience.
Available Assistance for Home Care Families
Though in-home care of medically fragile children may be difficult on families, it is important to remember that outside help is available. Experts encourage the use of experienced nurses to assist in the maintenance and care of these children and their families, rather than traditional aids or assistance. The reason for this is because pediatric nurses are specially trained in technology, care, and policy regarding medically fragile children and are more equipped to deal with any and all questions that may arise. Additionally, private or public organizations that provide families with specialized nurses are in-tune with the medical field and more readily provide additional services, such as training to family members, assistance with administering smooth transitions from hospital to home, and mediating and regulating other medical needs, such as with insurance companies and doctors.
Why Choose J&D Ultracare for Home Care Assistance
The importance of choosing the right organization depends on the family. J&D Ultracare prides itself on over a century of combined medical proficiency in the pediatric nursing field, particularly as it pertains to the care of medically fragile children. We stand out from others because we are there for our patients and their families, conduct our work with care, compassion, empathy, and love. We are equipped to provide care to technologically dependent children, and help their families navigate through the complexities of such care. Furthermore, our organization is broken down into various departments, all who are able to provide additional assistance to the family in various ways, including care coordination, on-call availability, and flexible scheduling. If you are considering in-home care for your medically fragile child, or know someone who may be, consider calling J&D Ultracare with any questions, or to schedule a consultation.