If you have a child with a life-threatening condition, you may be able to get a specialist to perform a standard check of their vital signs.
That’s because most doctors don’t have access to the type of information doctors have access, which is critical for a diagnosis, according to a new study published online in JAMA.
The new findings are based on the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), which is the primary source of health data for the nation.
More than 30 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico use the NVSS.
The study looked at data on the vital status of children ages 5 to 17 in 1,300 communities.
About 5 percent of the children had a life threatening condition and more than one in 10 had a child who was critically ill.
“This is not a new idea,” said study co-author Dr. Elizabeth L. Sonders, director of the Center for Children and Families at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine.
“The idea was not that these were not hospitals, they weren’t doctors.
It was that we needed more data.”
To find quality of care specialists, the researchers examined the health records of more than 30,000 children ages 6 to 17 who were found to have a life threat condition.
They also looked at information on how many children were evaluated for their children’s condition and whether or not a specialist was assigned.
They found that while some physicians do have access information, they are usually not trained in a specialized area, and only a fraction of pediatricians are trained in these areas.
The average pediatrician spends more than 15 hours a week on a pediatric life-saving case, and about half of them spend less than four hours a day on such cases, according the study.
The researchers found that many doctors are unaware of what vital signs their patients are checking, which can make it difficult for them to determine the level of care required to prevent the condition from developing.
“We have to educate them on this issue,” Sonder said.
“They are often unaware that the quality of their practice may be compromised if they don’t know about these critical indicators.”
Dr. James A. Pankratz, a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said he was surprised to see the level the study focused on.
“I don’t think we’re going to see this in the U.S.,” he said.
Panksant said that he has seen the problem with pediatrician training before.
“It’s a huge problem for pediatricians,” he said, “because they’re not trained to do this.”
Sondars and Pankrats have also found that some doctors are not even aware that they are failing to provide critical care to children with life-threatening conditions.
“For example, they may not have the information to assess their patients’ vital signs, because they are not trained on the specific indicators,” Sonder said.
Doctors also may not be aware of the importance of vital signs and how to properly monitor them, said Dr. Scott P. Young, a professor of pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic.
“Because pediatricians don’t work in a vacuum, and there are a lot of things we can’t control, we need to take care of ourselves,” Young said.
Sonder and Young are conducting a follow-up study to learn more about the extent to which these physicians are aware of their patients condition.