The term means the same thing as an “office visit”visit.” You may hear this referred to as a “physical,” “checkup,” or “medical exam.”
The term means the same thing as a “physical.” If you are visiting your child’s pediatrician for a yearly checkup, you will likely hear this term. A dental office visit is also a physical.
The term means the same thing as a “checkup.” Some people think this is an official name for a physical exam, but in reality it is a catch-all term for all medical examinations, not just a physical exam. While you may see these terms used interchangeably, they are different terms for the same thing. Your child may be a patient at the doctor’s office, but he or she will never be a patient at the hospital.
The term means that your child has some kind of problem. Children that are born with learning disabilities may be seen by a pediatrician for special education purposes, whereas children that are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder may require an evaluation by a specialist to determine the severity of the disorder. In either case, a medical exam or an assessment is called for.
The term means that your child is ill or injured. You will hear this referred to as a “diagnosis,” “outcome,” or “assessment.” Again, a physical is an example.
The term means that your child is “in the hospital.” However, a doctor does not necessarily refer to patients in this way. If you hear this term, you should consider whether or not you would call a patient “in the hospital” to discuss the status of their condition, if it were you would have heard the term referred to as a “hospitalization.”
The term means that your child has a temporary illness or injury. It could be that a child has been in an accident or is ill. It could also be a temporary hair loss, a scrape, a rash, a skin condition, an ear infection, or any other ailment. In this situation, a physical is the best term to use because a temporary illness or temporary injury does not require a long-term diagnosis or medical treatment.
The term means that your child is “in the ICU.” This is the terminologies used to describe patients who are being treated for a life-threatening condition, and it refers to the ICU, or Intensive Care Unit, units in hospitals. The term “ICU” can also refer to a patient who is in a critical care unit (CCU) for cancer treatment.
The term means that your child is in the “intensive care unit (ICU).” In order to be successful at resuscitation of a child, the first priority must be his or her survival. This term is also used when referring to patients who have a brain injury. These patients are in a coma and have a serious chance of dying.
The term means that your child is in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). This term is also used to refer to patients who have a respiratory, heart, or respiratory rhythm disorder. The term is used to refer to a patient that requires intensive care and that will be under constant monitoring for most of the patient’s life.
The term means that your child is in the hospital. For most adults, this would be a hospital emergency room. Many children are admitted to a hospital emergency room, but pediatric care is usually reserved for those with an imminent or fatal condition.