Over the past few months we have been participating in a project sponsored by the Pediatric Physicians Organization at Children’s to reduce emergency room utilization for common outpatient complaints. We spent some time tracking the reasons that our patients present to the Emergency room and found that the top reasons patients go to the emergency room are for children with ear pain and/or fever. In the coming months we will be putting effort into initiating some new projects to help parents manage fever and ear pain after hours to avoid costly emergency room visits. One simple thing to remember is that even when the office is closed, we can be reached for medical advice, and often can help parents decide whether a child can be safely treated at home while awaiting a visit in our office in the morning. We understand that it can be scary when your child has a fever Dr. Reynolds offers some advice about fevers on our website, click here to read more. In addition, we have added an acetaminophen and ibuprofen dosing chart to our website so that you can adequately treat your child’s elevated temperature or pain. Click here to see a copy of this chart that can be printed and put in a safe place for future reference.
In an effort to improve continuity with telephone triage in the office we have decided to identify a single nurse to handle most of your calls. We are pleased that Michelle Brodeur has taken this position and will be primarily responsible for nursing calls every Mon – Thursday from 8 to 5. The rest of our nursing staff will continue to provide telephone advice after 5 Tuesday – Thursday and on weekends.
We are also proud to announce that we have started to receive our flu vaccine for the 2013-14 flu season! We anticipate being able to schedule flu shot appointments beginning in September. Currently we have received flu shots for children less 3 years of age and flu mist in stock. Flu mist is a live flu virus vaccine that is administered as a nasal spray. Since flu mist is a live virus, it is not possible to administer it to children with asthma or younger than 2 years of age due to a risk of inducing wheezing. The CDC recommends that physicians begin to offer influenza immunization as soon as the vaccine is received. Once we have a full supply of influenza vaccine we will announce flu clinics on our Facebook Page and Website. To learn more about influenza or influenza vaccination click here.
Food Allergy Resource and Education (FARE) has a walk to raise awareness about food allergies and money to fund advocacy, education, and research about food allergies. The walk will take place on September 22 in Newport, RI. To learn more about the walk click here.
In the spirit of helping parents prepare for the beginning of school and fall sports we recommend that you contact the office now to request school physical forms. Remember that it can take up to 5 days for us to complete school forms during this time of the year. Make sure that your child is ready for the first day of practice by calling the office today to request your forms. In addition, if your child takes medications at school call the office now so that we can complete these forms for you prior to the first day of school. Lastly, if your child has food allergies and needs an Emergency Allergy Plan for the administration of epinephrine, contact the office now so that we can prepare this form for you before the end of the month. Planning ahead makes it easier for our office to assist you in school planning.
We are still looking to expand our list of friends on facebook. Please help us by taking the time to like our page. On September 1st, we will award 2 tickets to the September 22nd New England Patriots game against Tampa Bay.
Under the direction of Dr. Mendes, Wareham Pediatrics will be expanding our services in the next few months. We are participating in a project sponsored by the PPOC to bring behavioral providers to pediatric practices. This means that in the future if your child has a behavioral health need, we will be able to offer short term counseling in our office and increase our capabilities to help you find adequate long term counseling if that is needed. We will continue to post updates over the next few months as we proceed with this project.
As the calendar turns from August and summer begins to wind down, our children become more active on the athletic fields. Pop Warner is now in full swing and soon the high school preseason will begin. At Wareham Pediatrics we are preparing for fall sports season by taking concussion training classes. The CDC has very useful information about concussion with links to athlete, parent, coach, and health care provider information. To learn more about concussion, click here. We have also prepared a concussion management plan to use in our office and parent education sheet in collaboration with the Sports Medicine Department at Boston Children’s Hospital. To see our office information on concussions, please click here.