F: Remember the Family

When practicing pediatric medicine, the patient and family form one cohesive unit, influencing each other as treatment and recovery progress. For this reason, doctors and nurses providing care through a trauma informed lens must involve, assess, and care for their patient's parents/ caregivers and other family members. 

Maybe you've completed a course in empathy. Or follow your hospital's family centered care guidelines exactly, every time, with every patient encounter. So of course, without a doubt, you're practicing trauma informed care…right? 

There's always at least one challenging patient. Maybe the department where you work encounters many difficult patients over the course of a shift. Maybe on your floor there's one patient and family in particular that proves challenging for everyone. How do you handle these patients?

If you work in healthcare, you probably it over and over again...patient centered care. Family centered care. Trauma informed care. They're all similar with their own nuances. 

"It takes a village to raise a child". This common saying can easily be applied to injury and illness: It takes a village to heal a child. Children rarely enter the medical system as a singular person like adults.