Eagle’s TelePediatrics specialists are available at any hour to consult for children when they require hospital care, whether it’s during day, night, or weekend shifts. Telemedicine for Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) support is available at a moment’s notice to evaluate and stabilize newborns, then determine next steps in their care.
For the highest level of hospital care, newborns and pediatric patients need specialist expertise. A general hospitalist or internist does not have the training or experience these patients require.
A community hospital may have a pediatric hospitalist, a family medicine specialist, or a medical pediatric hospitalist who can provide daytime care for pediatric patients. But, if there is any gap in coverage (nights, weekends, holidays), the hospital must rely on locum tenens physicians at a high cost. If a nurse assistant is trained in pediatric care, they need a pediatric specialist who will work with them.
Neonatology is a medical subspecialty few community hospitals can provide, yet it is critical to the viability of a high-risk newborn. That’s why growing numbers of community hospitals are turning to telemedicine.
This means the infant or child can stay in their local community hospital, near home, instead of being transferred to a tertiary hospital many miles away — a great stress-reliever for parents, and a much calmer experience for the infant or youngster.