Being the only concierge and house call pediatrician in the Baton Rouge area, teaching people about how my model works is a big part of what I do when I meet new patients. A common question is "Can you do everything other pediatricians with offices do?" The answer is a resounding ABSOLUTELY! And personally, I like to think this model allows me to do it better as I spend at least four times as long with your babies as I did in my former, traditional practice. This allows me to get to know your family and truly treat the patient, and not just the symptoms.
In order to provide optimal health care for your family, I carry with me a medical bag, which my daughter loves to call my "bag of tricks!" I wish I had a magic purse like Hermione, but instead, I just carry around a big bag! In this post, I want to share the main items I carry with me and let you know how they help me bring your family the best care available, all in the comfort of your home.
So without further ado:
- To ward off nasty germs:
- Hand sanitizer
- Alcohol pads
- For checking vital signs:
- Measuring tape (to check height and measure head growth)
- Infant scale
- Pulse-oximeter (to measure oxygen levels)
- Sphygmomanometer (to check blood pressure)
- Standard medical equipment
- Stethoscope (to listen to heart and lungs)
- Otoscope/ophthalmoscope (to look in eyes/ears)
- Immunizations (if needed for that visit)
- Receptacle for sharp items (like needles used for shots)
- Rapid Tests (to check glucose levels or see if your child has RSV, flu, strep or mono)
- Epi pen (just in case of an allergic reaction!)
- Respiratory supplies:
- Saline (to help loosen nasal secretions)
- Bulb suctions (to clear out nasal passages)
- Albuterol (medicine to treat wheezing)
- Nebulizer (machine to administer the albuterol)
- Wound supplies:
- Liquid sutures (for those cuts where Bandaids won't do the trick but don't quite need stitches)
- Suture and staple removers
- And last but certainly not least ..... STICKERS!!
My big bag allows me to bring the entire doctor's office to you. As you can see, above is most everything you will see at a traditional pediatrician's office. Plus, as every parent knows, each child brings new and exciting revelations. So my bag is always growing and I am always finding new and better ways to care for your family. Also, since I have the ability to speak personally with parents before each visit, if your family requires something that is not in my bag, I know what I need and I get it before I come to you!
The most common thing I hear from patients after a visit is just how wonderful it was for the doctor come to their house as opposed to packing up kids, diapers, bottles, etc. and going to wait in a crowded waiting room or urgent care (for non-emergency treatment). I would love to tell you more about why this reaction is so common! Reach out today to learn more about this amazing experience!