Members of the care team
There are many people involved in caring for children with heart conditions. Here are some of the team members you may meet during your child's time as an in-patient:
Cardiac Nurse: Our cardiac nurses receive specialized training to care for our cardiac surgery patients. They are responsible for coordinating your child’s care by assessing your child, administering medication and treatments, as well as providing daily care.
Charge Nurse: Coordinates patient admissions and discharges and provides support and assistance to nurses when needed.
Nursing Assistant/Tech: Assists with your child’s daily care by obtaining vital signs, changing bed linens and assisting with personal needs.
Nurse Practitioner (NP): An RN with special training in pediatrics who works closely with physicians to care for your child.
PICU Attending: A senior doctor who coordinates all of the patient’s care and oversees the faculty; a faculty member of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
PICU Fellow: Doctors who are completing their advanced training in Pediatric Critical Care.
PICU Resident: Doctors who are completing their training in Pediatrics.
Respiratory Therapist: Administers breathing treatments and helps take care of patients who need oxygen therapy. Manages the ventilator or “breathing machine."
ECMO Specialist: A specially trained therapist who manages the ECMO equipment.
Child Life Specialist: Provides support and assistance to patients and families to make the hospital stay as normal as possible, often incorporating activities and play into a child's stay.
Occupational Therapist (OT), Physical Therapist (PT) and or Speech/Language Pathologist: Evaluates patients and creates individualized plans of care to address developmental milestones, such as fine motor skills, gross motor skills, feeding skills and language development.
Nutritionist: Works with the physicians to coordinate proper nutritional care.
Social Worker: Works with patients and families to provide counseling in addition to identifying community resources.
Case Manager: A nurse who helps coordinate care for discharge (such as setting up home care nursing, ensuring proper equipment is available or transfer to another facility).