Complex Care Service Inpatient

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The Complex Care Service inpatient team incorporates a comprehensive approach to caring for children when they are acutely ill. 

Our multidisciplinary team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, pharmacists, social workers, and case management to ensure your child receives the care that is truly needed. To promote maximal continuity of care for children with frequent and lengthy hospitalizations, attending coverage is provided by two consistent attending physicians rather than the usual model of short, infrequent blocks of care.  Having Complex Care Service physician staff care for children with multisystem chronic medical needs helps to ensure that chronic care needs are met even in the acute setting; for example, having a child with cerebral palsy fitted for orthotics or obtaining a nutritional consult for a child on long-term feeding supplements.

To help ensure a comprehensive plan, the inpatient team organizes team meetings with multiple consultants, physicians, nurses and families for each child. Decisions regarding intervention and treatment are always medically challenging, and often ethically complicated.

The model of care on the inpatient service mirrors the outpatient service in using a patient-centered team approach.  There is regular involvement in CCS rounds by social work, the nurse case manager, physical therapy and pharmacy.  Nursing staff collaborate closely with the medical team and also use a primary nursing team model of care to promote consistent care over multiple admissions.

We work together to help with a smooth transition for your child from the inpatient environment to home.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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