Many different types of medical professionals help deliver your child’s day-to-day care in the hospital. Your hospital care team should regularly update your primary cardiologist about your child’s progress during this time.
Every morning the physicians and nurses who lead the team walk around the unit to discuss each child and make a care plan for the day. These meetings are called “rounds.” Ideally you will participate in daily rounds with the medical professionals so that you can ask questions and get updates on your child’s care. If you are unable to be there for rounds, you can ask your nurse or care team for an update any time.
Parents are encouraged to be as involved as possible with their child’s care in the hospital. You know your child better than anyone else, so you may notice something the nurse or medical team does not. When parents actively communicate with the care team, their children often end up receiving care that is better suited to them.
Rounds are an opportunity for you to talk with key members of the care team, but outside of rounds you will also need to communicate with team members responsible for different parts of your child’s care in the hospital. It will help you to learn about the different types of medical professionals and what they do for your child.
It’s important to build good partnerships with your care team. As you spend more time in the hospital, you will get more experience communicating with the care team and gradually learn who to talk with when you have a question. If you are confused or concerned about your child’s care, it might be helpful to talk with your primary cardiologist.