Improving pediatric hematology/oncology care in the emergency department

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Purpose: Pediatric hematology/oncology patients frequently use the emergency department (ED) for prompt care during potentially life-threatening events, such as sepsis and bleeding. One challenge of these visits is the unavailability of appropriate patient-specific medical information. Lack of information may result in ineffective ED visits for these patients with complex conditions. Methods: A cross-sectional survey to determine ways to improve the care of pediatric hematology/oncology patients in the ED setting was conducted among parents at two affiliated pediatric hematology/oncology clinics. ED physicians in the catchment area of the clinic completed a separate survey. Results: All physicians surveyed were confident in caring for pediatric patients in the ED; however, fewer were confident in caring for pediatric hematology/oncology patients. Physicians and parents reported that the patient's written medical history (physicians, 30%; parents, 33%), medication list (physicians, 28%; parents, 24%), on-call pediatric hematologist/oncologist contact information (physicians, 34%; parents, 31%), and needle size and gauge to access the patient's port (physicians, 8%; parents, 12%) would be valuable information to have when presenting to the ED. Conclusion: Parents were satisfied with ED care, but both physician and parent respondents thought additional information would be valuable to have available at the visit to help facilitate effective care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e26-e28
JournalJournal of oncology practice
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014

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Hematology
Hospital Emergency Service
Pediatrics
Physicians
Parents
Emergency Medical Services
Needles
Sepsis
Cross-Sectional Studies
Hemorrhage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)
  • Health Policy

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