The ONE Thing
Ideally, each interaction with a health care professional, whether physician or pharmacist, will be with the same person you have seen previously. That person will be knowledgeable about the patient’s past medical history and have personal concern for the patient. Plus, the patient and caregiver would have a degree of comfort and ease that would promote candor between the provider, the patient, and the caregiver.
Such ideal situations seldom occur anymore. But, the nanny or au pair can act to minimize problems that might occur with changing providers.
The au pair or nanny should try use the same doctor for the child, or the same group of doctors, so both the office’s medical records and the physician can be used to highlight the individual patient’s medical history and lead to proper diagnosis and treatment.
When changing doctors, the previous office must send medical records to the new doctor. It is a wise precaution for the nanny to record all office visits and for the parents and for her own knowledge.
The same concept applies to a pharmacy. Try to use one pharmacy so that the pharmacist has prescription records and allergy information in the computer system and can check for potential drug interactions. Even so, the nanny should keep a list of drug allergies and a list of all medications, herbs and vitamins taken by the child.
Using one doctor or one pharmacy may not be factors a nanny can control. But the nanny can be the one that the parent and the child can rely on to assure that best information is available to the health care providers about the patient.
Have you ever had any issues with health care working with children?