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Your Pediatric Heart Care Health Care Team

Pediatric Heart Care

Your Pediatric Heart Care Health Care Team

During your treatment at American Family Children's Hospital Pediatric Cardiology Clinic, you may encounter several different professionals dedicated to providing you the best care possible. These include:
 
Pediatric Cardiologist (MD)

The pediatric cardiologist is a pediatrician with many years of additional training in pediatric cardiology. Along with the rest of the health care team, the pediatric cardiologist examines your child, oversees treatment and directs care.

Residents (MD)

Residents are physicians who are receiving additional training after obtaining their doctor of medicine degrees. Residents work closely with the pediatric cardiologists to learn more about this pediatric specialty.

Nurse Practitioners (NP) 

Nurse practitioners have advanced education and expertise in pediatric cardiology. They work as part of the health care team, in collaboration with the cardiologists, in treating children with cardiac problems.

Registered Nurse (RN)
 
The goal of the Pediatric Cardiology nurse is to provide the necessary framework to integrate a child's cardiology diagnosis into their life. This is accomplished through assessment and education in the clinic or home setting.

Pediatric Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)

Pediatric cardiac sonographers have advanced training in heart disease that is specific to children. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound exam that allows the cardiologist to assess the structures and function of the heart, as well as assess blood flow through the heart. Pediatric sonographers have experience in performing these exams in small children and use distraction techniques, videos, and calming methods to obtain diagnostic images.

Medical Assistant/Nursing Assistant

The medical assistant works with the health care team by obtaining your child’s vital signs and height and weight measurements. They will take you to the exam room after taking these measurements.

EKG Technician

The electrocardiogram (EKG) technician performs an EKG as ordered on patients. They also place holter and event monitors and explain how to use these devices.

Pharmacists

Pharmacists advise doctors and other health care team members about proper medication selection, dosage and administration. They also monitor drug therapy to ensure patients receive the most effective treatment. Pharmacists also counsel patients on safe medication use.

Social Workers

Social workers help families with emotional, physical and economic concerns related to a child's illness and treatment. They can refer families to financial and social service resources, and help coordinate with community and educational agencies near the child's home.

Child Life

Child Life specialists help children and families adjust to and cope with the stress of illness and procedures that accompany this. They provide opportunities for therapeutic and medical play, as well as prepare patients and provide support during medical tests and procedures.

Students

Students - medical, nursing, pharmacy and many others - work under close supervision of fully-trained team members. Students are active and helpful in patient care, but they do not make any independent decisions about your child's care.