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Pediatric Medical Day Stay

The Pediatric Medical Day Stay at Monmouth Medical Center is staffed with specially trained clinicians, who are dedicated to reducing the pain and stress children experience while receiving medical care.

We understand that medical care can be overwhelming and frightening to children. Our commitment is to make these experiences as positive and possible for children and their families.

Services Offered

We offer infusion therapy and procedural sedation for a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services within many pediatric subspecialties including:

  • Developmental Pediatrics
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology

Infusion Therapy

Infusion therapy is administered to infants, children and adolescents who required IV therapy for a variety of acute and chronic illnesses including cancer, blood disorders, gastrointestinal and endocrine disorders.

With a focus on family-centered care, our staff works to help educate parents as they remain at the child’s bedside during infusion. Treatment times will vary, from as little as one hour up to 4-6 hours depending on the therapy.

Our staff also performs blood draws, manages centrally placed catheters and is highly skilled at placing IV’s in small children.

Sedation

Procedures such as MRI or PICC insertion can require children to hold still for a length of time and can be uncomfortable. We offer procedural sedation performed under the watchful eye of a pediatric anesthesiologist and nursing team. Medications are given through an IV which allows the child to sleep through the procedure. Common procedures include:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Computerized Tomography Scans (CT)
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Lumbar Punctures
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy/Aspirate
  • Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC)

Preparing for Sedation

Children should refrain from eating or drinking several hours before the test or procedure. An empty stomach decreases the risk of vomiting or breathing fluids into the lungs. Please review the following guidelines in regards to fasting:

  • If child eats/drinks clear liquids: small sips of water, fast for at least 2 hours
  • If child eats/drinks break milk, fast for at least 4 hours
  • If child eats/drinks infant formula, fast for at least 6 hours
  • If child eats/drinks regular meal, fast for at least 8 hours

To contact the Pediatric Day Stay at Monmouth Medical Center, call 732-923-6851.