This module has the functionality for pediatric patients:
- Neonatal: from birth to 1 week
- Infancy: 1 week to 1 year
- Toddler and early childhood: 1 to 5 years of age
- Late childhood: 6 to 12 years of age
This module focuses on the basic pediatric evaluation, making emphasis in the nutritional, growth and development of the infant and child.
When creating a newborn in the system, he/she will be a “separate entity” not being a patient or a party. This is due to the fact that at the very moment of birth and for a period of time the baby doesn't have an ID. For this reason all the newborn info will be related to the patient/mother.
The neonatology process has been extensively revised, with many new indicators and functionality, such as :
- Multiple APGAR tests
- Automatic APGAR score
- Newborn reflexes
- Improved sign and symptoms
- New newborn tests
The antenatal information and the puerperium remains in the gynecology / obstetrics module.
You already know that in GNU Health you can generate complex dynamic reports. In the next two examples, the patient and newborn information is displayed. Some of the information is encoded in the QR code, fully supported by GNU Health.
Newborn and mother wristbands
To maximize security and identification of the newborn, the system assigns a newborn ID, and allows to print the four identification bands to place it on the baby and mother's wrists and ankles.
Tryton allows you to create dynamic LibreOffice reports, and these two examples show how we can embed functions, real-time graphics or change the font color depending on the gender of the patient, to name a few capabilities of this great environment.
QR (Quick Response) codes are great, versatile matrix-encoded graphs. Unlike traditional bar codes, they allow to store a lot more information and can be read from most mobile devices.
PSC (Pediatrics Symptom Checklist)
GNU Health has incorporated the PSC. The Pediatric Symptoms Checklist - PSC - has been developed by Dr. Michael Jellinek and Dr. Michael Murphy from the Massachusetts General Hospital.
The authors define the PSC as "a brief screening questionnaire that is used by pediatricians and other health professionals to improve the recognition and treatment of psychosocial problems in children"
GNU Health uses the standard PSC form - to be completed by the parents - and will include the Y-PSC. The system automatically calculates the total PSC score, based upon form values. It also highlights the evaluations that might indicate a child psychosocial impairment. The PSC cutoff values will be localized to the different countries (Japan, Germany, Holland ...), so it will fit their recommended cutoffs.