Season 1: Episode 5
Hope and Will: A Parenting Podcast from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Pediatrician, Urgent Care or Emergency Department: How to Decide When to Go Where
It’s the Murphy’s Law of parenting: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong outside of normal business hours. When your child has an injury or illness, it’s easy to go straight to panic mode. Can it wait until your pediatrician is available, or is it time to head to an urgent care center or a hospital’s emergency department?
Dr. Mark Griffiths, a pediatric emergency medicine physician, and Monique Keeton-Perkins, a clinical educator with more than 10 years of experience as an urgent care nurse, join Lynn for an insightful chat that could save you precious time—and help you keep your cool—when deciding where to go. Together, they weigh in on common questions like, "When does a fever warrant a trip to the ER?," "How do I know when a respiratory illness needs medical attention?" and "Can urgent care treat a kid who swallowed a battery?”
With expert insight into what it’s like on the other side of those waiting room doors, this is a conversation you don’t want to miss.
Dr. Mark Griffiths, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician
Mark Griffiths, MD, serves as Medical Director for the Emergency Department at Children’s at Hughes Spalding and is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine for the Emory University School of Medicine. He’s also Dad to four kids, ranging in age from 5 to 13.Read My Bio
Monique Keeton-Perkins, RN, Clinical Educator and Urgent Care Nurse
With more than 12 years of experience in urgent care, Monique Keeton-Perkins has worked hundreds of shifts as a triage or “screening” nurse. She offers a wealth of insight into what it’s like beyond the waiting room door—not to mention loads of empathy as Mom to three kids.
Lynn Smith is a veteran journalist, podcast host and mom of two boys. Her experience as the parent of a patient at Children’s inspired her to advocate for spreading awareness of childhood illnesses and injuries.
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