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What to expect during the course of the day

child and nurseDuring the following times, nurses who have been on duty discuss each patient’s case with nurses on the new shift. This is known as “report.”

  • 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

During this time, visitors are encouraged to leave the unit or wait inside their child’s room with the door closed to protect other patients’ privacy.

When will we see the doctor?

During rounds (9 a.m. to noon), the team of physicians discusses each patient in detail, including:

  • Events that occurred overnight
  • Concerns parents or patients have shared with interns that morning
  • New information from specialists
  • Laboratory or other test results
  • Updates for your child’s plan of care

Rounds are conducted behind closed doors to keep the information private. Following formal rounds, some teams may also conduct bedside rounds, in which the team visits the patient’s bedside to discuss the plan for the day. Often, the resident or attending physician will visit later in the day to discuss the plan of care with the patient and parents or guardians.

The best time to speak with the resident is before 8 a.m. or after rounds (about 1 p.m.).

In the PICU, the critical care team of physicians and nurses make rounds twice a day, at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., at the bedside. Parents’ questions can be answered at this time. If a lengthy discussion is needed, the physician will return after rounds are completed to speak with you for a longer period of time.