The prenatal period and early years of life are crucial determinants of later cognitive and physical abilities, morbidity, mortality, mental health, and social abilities. There are multiple dimensions that influence the eventual outcomes of an individual’s overall health and well-being.
Focusing on the pediatric patient, select one of the topics below (Safe Home environment) and discuss the current evidence-based recommendations by leading pediatric experts and professional organizations. Focus your discussion on guidelines for pediatric healthcare providers working in primary care.
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In home-based care programs, pediatric healthcare providers are expected to promote the safety of patients by preventing possible harm. Various guidelines are provided by state and federal law for pediatric workers to apply in maintaining a safe home environment. One of the guidelines is ensuring all heating sources are vented and far from flammable sources. The food and water supplied to the patient should be tested for lead to avoid deteriorating the health of the child. Adequate ventilation is recommended to improve air quality and maintain room temperature (Sobotka et al. 2019). The patient should also have access to direct sunlight, especially if they have difficulty going outside. The bedding offered to the individual should be comfortable and positioned near a window to allow natural lighting. Pediatric healthcare providers should consider the aspects of light, ventilation, bedding and air in offering a safe home setting.