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December 8, 1975

Medical News

JAMA. 1975;234(10):1005-1015. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260230005001

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Kansas City hospital lets parents stay, take care of children  There is a hospital in Kansas City, Mo, where parents stay overnight with their children to give them round-the-clock care, as at home, but more so because this care includes administration of medication (under supervision), and checking temperature, pulse, and respiration.The parent-care unit of Children's Mercy Hospital is reserved for patients who need hospitalization, but do not require acute care services. They may be undergoing extensive diagnostic evaluations or may be in a transitional state between postoperative care and discharge.The facility serves several important functions, explains Ned W. Smull, MD, director and chairman of pediatrics. It increases the hospital's ability to care for patients while reserving acute care beds for those more seriously ill. The facility also encourages close parent-child relationships during a stressful period.Another advantage is the reduced cost to the patient's family from $47