Clinical Children and Adolescent Health

Clinical Children and Adolescent Health

At the beginning of my pediatric clinical rotation, I believed the dynamics of the pediatric section mainly differed from the adults’ section through my interaction with the patients. In my previous lectures, I already learned that it is important to make the patient feel comfortable with you as the caregiver. However, pediatric patients need more reassurance. I found that introducing myself while paying keen attention to my body language made me less intimidating in the eyes of children. One of my colleagues insisted that rapport was the key determinant to successful interaction with pediatric patients. Moreover, in the pediatric section, my definition of patient broadened, from one who is receiving direct health care, to include the patient’s family (Foster et al., 2016). The family members proved to be an invaluable resource to me as the caregiver as they would describe some situations better than the patient.

Furthermore, concerning drug administration, I learned that accuracy is vital in the pediatric section. It was not uncommon to find me with a calculator, keying in the patients’ weights to determine the exact amount of drug that a particular patient was to be administered. Additionally, I learned to pay attention to various body parameters such as the body mass index, weight and height. These affected the amount of drug or nutritional formula that a patient was to be given (Mahmood&Burckart, 2016). A new surprise for me was how pain control was essential for pediatrics. Before activities such as injections and insertion of intravenous lines, it was standard procedure for pediatric patients to be medicated using topical anesthetics like lidocaine/prilocaine cream (Hockenberry et al., 2016). In the same vein, I learned from my colleagues how to give detailed explanations to patients when they were about to undergo new or invasive procedures. I vividly remember a specialist describing the various steps of surgery and magnetic resonance imaging to each of the patients who were to undergo these activities.

After the rotation, I firmly believe that I have achieved the various course outcomes and that the experience will be valuable in my future practice. I enjoyed my time in the pediatricsas it offered me a different perspective of the profession. It was an eye-opener, and it will shape my decision on the area I choose to specialize in.

 

 

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