While your child is in the hospital, members of the health care team will come to evaluate the status of the child many times throughout the day and night. This includes the nurse, the respiratory therapist, the physicians and any other members of the team needed to provide the best possible care. If you have a question regarding anyone’s role in your child’s care, please feel free to ask.
CHOC Children’s is a training hospital for health care providers who are receiving additional education. That means that in addition to CHOC physicians and nurses, your child’s care team might include medical students, residents or fellows, who have learned the very latest medical practices in the classroom and are bringing these advancements to the bedside.
Students, residents and fellows may participate in a child’s care but are not the primary caregivers. They are closely supervised by physicians with more experience, so you will always receive the expert care you expect from CHOC. These supervising physicians are not only excellent doctors, but also talented teachers. Although the number of people involved in your child’s care may seem like a lot, rest assured that the team is working closely together to make the best decisions about the care of your child.
Everyone who treats your child will be wearing a badge. Here are the types of badges you might see:
- A badge with a purple Choco bear indicates a CHOC Children’s physician. CHOC physicians are fully educated, trained and licensed to practice medicine.
- A badge with a green Choco bear indicates a resident or fellow. These doctors have completed medical school and are receiving additional training in a specialized area.
- A badge with an orange Choco bear indicates a medical student. These providers are in their third or fourth year of medical school.
- A badge with a red Choco bear indicates a nursing student. These nurses are nearing the end of their medical education.
Your child’s physicians will work with other members of the health care team to take care of your child. They evaluate your child’s condition daily and determine what tests, medicines and treatments your child needs.
You will have one nurse assigned to your child during each nursing shift around the clock. The nurse makes sure all planned and ordered care and treatments are performed for your child. They will also be taking care of other patients on the unit.
Respiratory therapists have had special training in treating lung problems and will be working with the other members of the health care team to provide care for your child.
Rehabilitation Services provide occupational, physical and speech therapists to assist your child in meeting developmental milestones, managing functional limitations of any kind and/or restoring function where it once existed. Occupational therapists will work with your child on self-care skills like dressing, grooming, hygiene, toilet, feeding, swallowing, sensory integration and occupational roles. Speech therapists work on functional communication, language development, cognition and play development, along with feeding and swallowing. Rehabilitation Services provide therapy services to both inpatients and outpatients.
CHOC is a true advocate in managing your child’s pain. Your nurse will use a pain scale to help understand how much pain your child feels. The nurse can help your child with the pain they are feeling in several ways. In addition to medication, they can use relaxation methods and coping strategies to help ease your child’s pain. Services are available at CHOC to help you learn and assist with these methods. Please ask your child’s doctor or nurse what to expect regarding pain and pain management. We want you to feel comfortable discussing pain relief options.
CHOC’s registered dietitians are specialists in the nutritional care of babies and children of all ages. The dietitians work with doctors, nurses, therapists and many other individuals to support your child. Upon admission to the hospital, all of our patients are screened by the nutrition department to determine how our dietitians might be able to assist in the hospital care plan. They might assist by teaching you about a special diet, providing formula instructions or advising on specialized nutrition support.
CHOC has certified lactation consultants on staff available for consultation to assist new and experienced moms who may have concerns or need support in breastfeeding a premature or sick baby. To support the nutritional needs of nursing babies, electric breast pumps and a quiet place to pump milk are available for all breastfeeding moms.
A case manager is assigned to every patient. The case manager is responsible for discharge planning, care coordination and communicating with insurance companies about insurance-related issues.
CHILD LIFE SPECIALISTS
Child Life specialists assist patients and families in adjusting to the hospital environment. They offer developmental stimulation for your child, activities while preparing for procedures, therapeutic play/ activities, special entertainment and family support and education.
Social workers are professionally trained to provide counseling and support to patients and their families. They help families access community resources to meet their specific needs, such as financial and emotional support. There are support groups available for those families who may need assistance. Please contact the department at 714-509-8521 to learn more about the current support groups available.
More than 1,000 energetic and dedicated volunteer workers provide vital assistance at the information desk, in the gift shop, as part of the pet therapy program and in patient care areas. If you are interested in volunteering, call 714-509-8673.
At CHOC, we are committed to taking a leadership role in ensuring the health and well-being of children and their families. Community Education offers awardwinning programs that promote health and well-being to children as they grow from birth through childhood and adolescence to adulthood. For information call 714- 509-8887.
Interpreters/Translators offer their services to virtually all departments located on the CHOC Orange campus. Translation is available for any written document such as letters, consultations, research trials or studies, forms, invitations, and emails. Spanish is the primary language offered although interpretation is available for other languages through the Cyracom Blue Phone system.