Originally posted by nurs4kids
Hey kidz, are you also at Children's?? If you're in the Birmingham area, I know that Jefferson County recently sent out a pamplet to all homes advising on ways to prevent mosquito infestations, etc. Also, I have noticed several new billboards in the area addressing this problem. This may very well be the sources behind the parent's concerns. The local media has covered it pretty heavily, also. I know, as a parent, I've become alot more concentious about mosquito bites and ways to decrease exposure. It's pretty scary when you start hearing about people dying from this. I can understand the parent's concerns.
Yes! I work at Children's. Do you as well? The majority of calls we get on the JCHD line are from various citizens calling to ask us what to do with a dead bird they just found. "If it's not decaying, place it in a ziplock bag, put in freezer, and bring it to the Health Department on Monday when they open" is all the information we have to tell them. We have a lottery each night at work on how many "dead bird" calls we'll have...LOL
I too am a parent and understand the concern, but not the "panic" that some of these people call with. Some of them actually want us to send them to the ER "just to be sure". We are trying our best to educate these callers that fevers and/or headaches are caused by a variety illnesses, but should more flu-like sx such as all over joint or muscle pain/weakness occur, to call back ASAP.
This is really no different than the panic of a "meningitis" report which also triples our call load that night with more folks who want to go immediately to the ED "just to be sure". There has, however, been an increased DX of meninigitis cases recently and now any kid that calls with a combination of Fever/Headache/Vomiting is sent to ED. Childrens South (After Hours) was recently bombarded with spinal taps and not staffed well enough to handle this, so now everyone has to go into ED.
While I may at times get frustrated with all the panic and anxiety some of these parents have when calling us, I first am a "mother" and second am a "nurse". I often have to remind myself that they don't all have the knowledge that I have therefore it's my job to do as much teaching/education as I can during that 5-15 minute phone call, and hopefully in the process reassure mom or dad that we all want what is best for their child.
PS: If you do work at TCHA, what unit/floor?