Children's Healthcare

Is it really OK to sleep with your baby?

Here is a post I am most eager for you all to read. It is submitted by Vanessa Freville, a pediatric nurse practitioner at Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital. She is a former PICU nurse, pediatric Emergency Department NP, and currently works with the hospitalist group in the in-patient area. Vanessa is very passionate about keeping our infants and children safe. She is an active member of the Roanoke SafeKids alliance. In honor of SIDS awareness week, she wrote this post to encourage conversation and exploration of the practice of SAFE SLEEP in infants. I suspect this one may engender many comments. Please let us know your opinions, positive or negative.

How many parents have shared their own bed or fallen asleep with their baby at some point?

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what do you think about social media in medicine?

In a recent post I discussed some of the reasons why physicians like myself might choose to blog, tweet and communicate via Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Plus. As I mentioned then, there is a bunch of controversy over the use of social media communication in the field of medicine. Those who don’t use it don’t see why anyone should use it. Some use it inappropriately. Some break ethical standards, or laws such as HIPAA by divulging protected private information about patients.

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the anatomy of a kidnapping

Yesterday, Friday, April 6, I was kidnapped by Dr. Evil. The kidnapping occurred at approximately 9 am on Friday, and I was released around 4 pm that day. The hero of the day, who caught and captured Dr. Evil (with a bit of help from federal agents) was Eric, an 8-year old child cared for by our pediatric cardiology group over many years. He is hale and hearty, despite his "zipper:" the scar that runs up and down his chest along the center of his breastbone. His memento of three separate cardiac operations performed before his 5th birthday.

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why do doctors blog?

There are many questions that people ask when they find out that I am engaged in social media. They seem incredulous that I would spend my time blogging or tweeting instead of ....what? For me, blogging and tweeting are part of the activities I do when I am NOT engaged in every day medical work. In other words, I am not doing this instead of seeing a patient. I am writing when I am either in my academic office or at home, or maybe while I am traveling. Many folks don't seem to understand some of the things that might motivate a physician to spend "free" time in this way. Why bother?

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my first guest post

I would like to invite all of my readers to wander over to the Social Slam web site to read my latest post. This is the beginning of the story I will be telling in my ten allotted minutes during Social Slam 2012 on April 27 in Knoxville. It chronicles the events that lead up to the Vaccine Town Hall held last fall here in Roanoke.

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my visit to the pediatrician

I have a new grandson--that is the good news.

He lives in Boston with his parents and older brother--that is the bad news from my perspective

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did you notice?

 

There is a new "banner" on my blog.

It says Knoxville 04/27 Social Slam

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when doctors disagree

There should always be ONE right answer to any problem in medicine. You should be able to seek advice from a qualified physician about your symptoms and get an answer. If you present the next doctor you see with the same symptoms he or she should offer you the same advice as the first.

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Who killed my mother?

I read an interesting blog post this week by Mark Schaefer,  one of my favorite social media gurus. In it, he talks about a negative experience he and his wife had recently in a hospital. The question was, what should he have done, if anything, to correct the problem, and whether he should have used his popularity and influence within social media circles (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and his blog) to "destroy" the hospital, when he received what sounded like a not-very authentic apology from the patient representative.

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