True pediatric care is more than a colorful room with kid-friendly artwork and toys. Children have a unique set of needs and need specialized medical care. For example:
Only 6 percent of hospital emergency departments are fully equipped to care for children. The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart offers Northwest Florida’s only Pediatric Trauma Center and the only pediatric emergency room backed by specialists.
Children have smaller organs and veins than adults. Pediatric surgeons at The Children’s Hospital have the expertise to operate in tiny spaces.
A child’s airway is different in both size and shape from an adult’s, which makes inserting a breathing tube before surgery more difficult. The Children’s Hospital has pediatric anesthesiologists who know how to safely provide sleep medicine for each child.
Children lose heat and fluids more easily than adults, so The Children’s Hospital takes extra steps during surgery to ensure children receive fluids and stay warm.
Children may have a hard time explaining how they feel. Caregivers and child-life specialists at The Children’s Hospital know how to explain procedures, monitor pain and anticipate emotions so patients can have the best hospital experience possible.
The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is Northwest Florida’s ONLY Children’s Hospital and is:
A member of the Children’s Hospital Association
A member of the Florida Association of Children’s Hospitals
A Certified Pediatric Trauma Center
Affiliated with University of Florida – a nationally ranked academic and research institution
An accredited pediatric residency program with University of Florida, which includes 27 physician residents
An accredited PGY1 pediatric pharmacy residency program
An accredited child life internship and practicum program