Author: Jessica Cerretani

Gender discrimination in health care spaces: What clinicians and staff should know

People may face discrimination in health care spaces, such as this exam room, because of their gender
PHOTO: ADOBE STOCK

Public accommodation laws aim to help protect minority groups against discrimination. In the case of transgender people, such laws protect access to sex-segregated spaces including public restrooms, changing rooms and locker rooms. In a health care setting, rooming assignments and other sex-segregated environments are affected by accommodation laws, which can raise questions for staff. …Read More

Cerebral palsy: How a team approach benefits spasticity

two children with spasticity from cerebral palsy
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: DAVID CHRISOM/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Cerebral palsy (CP) is an umbrella term that can refer to several different types of brain injury and that can affect many aspects of a child’s health. For these reasons, CP is best treated by a team of clinicians from multiple disciplines, who can address the full array of related concerns. In the Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, patients receive care from multiple providers in one day, which makes managing care easier on families and encourages collaboration and communication between caring physicians. …Read More

Why expert care is crucial for aspiration

Dr. Rachel Rosen explains her new study about aspiration
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: PATRICK BIBBINS/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Aspiration, or the entrance of food or liquid into a child’s airway, is associated with oropharyngeal dysphagia and other swallowing problems. It is more common in premature babies and those with neurological abnormalities, although it can occur in any child. Parents typically bring their children to pediatricians when they observe choking, regurgitation, coughing and other symptoms related to feeding. …Read More

‘The right thing for patients’

surgery for transgender patients

On a Monday morning in late January 2018, surgeons and clinical staff entered the operating room with one primary goal: to forever change the life of the young man who lay before them. More than 14 hours later, the team had made history, performing the first phalloplasty — surgical creation of a penis — for a transgender patient at a major U.S. pediatric hospital. …Read More