Dr. Todd Harris

Banner Change: Summer Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Kids having fun at the pool during the summer

June 21, 2017 – Yesterday was the official beginning of summer, so yesterday we said “goodbye” to spring – and “goodbye” to our spring website banner picture of ‘family walking on the partially tree-shaded path‘.

We welcome summer, and – with summer – we welcome a new summer website banner picture: “Welcome” we say to ‘three children at the pool with a pink floaty’.

A few things going on this summer at Raleigh Children and Adolescents Medicine:

  1. CHECK UPS: Did you know that your teenage child’s well visit (a.k.a. “checkup” or “complete physical”) meets the requirements for participating in school sports? At that visit, we can complete your child’s school sports form (and in Wake County that will cover the next 13 months of athletic participation). If you need a form completed and you have already had a check up this year – no worries – we can complete that form based on information gathered at that visit. There is no need for a ‘Physical’ at an Urgent Care or a Pharmacy Clinic. Just send us your school’s sports form with your portion already completed. You can drop it by, mail it, or send it to us through your email or fax.
  2. Dr Emily Ross joins RCAMNEW PEDIATRICIAN joining RCAM! Dr. Emily Ross begins August 1st. More about Dr. Ross later, but we are excited for her to join the RCAM-ily for the next 40 or so years (imagine the stories she will tell at RCAM’s 90th anniversary).
  3. ePRESCRIBING MEDICATIONS that previously required a hand-delivered, paper hard copy: For over 10 years, we have been able to send most prescriptions electronically directly to your pharmacy. This practice reduces transcription errors and typically is more convenient for our patients. However, certain medications have continued to require a paper hard copy that must then be hand-delivered to the pharmacy. The Pediatricians at RCAM are currently working through the authorization process for sending these prescriptions electronically. We are happy to offer a service that improves patient safety and convenience.
  4. PAYMENTS THROUGH THE PATIENT PORTAL: Do you prefer electronic bill paying? Coming in July, payments on your account will be able to be made electronically through our Patient Portal.
  5. CHINI WAPI DONATIONS: Many will recall Dr. Rick Gessner and his family spent 2 years on a medical mission in Kenya. His daughter Anna returns there this month and she has been collecting women’s underwear to distribute to women there living in prisons or remote tribes. You may have seen signs in our office about her trip. She collected more than 800 pairs. We estimate 200-250 were donated by families at RCAM. Thank you for your contributions.

And now, what would summer fun be without your pediatrician there to remind you about safety?

  • A brief video from the AAP about sun protection:

  • If you like lists (I know you are out there), here are some tips from the AAP’s website: healthychildren.org: Summer Safety Tips
  • Finally, from our local paper, The News & Observer, here is a video about what to do should you find yourself in a rip current. A terrifying thought, but more proof that having the right information can save your life:
RCAM hopes your family makes memories of a summer full of good health and good play!

Dr. Todd Harris

College Basketball 01 16 16

January 16, 2016 – Isn’t it nice to hear good news once in a while?

Some days you could really use that good news.

For certain college basketball fans, today might be a good day to seek out some good news.

The American Academy of Pediatrics made a list of 7 great advancements in pediatric research. Read about how life is better today for our children due to pediatric research here.

And guess what?

Even if your team happen to win today – or if you don’t care about college basketball – all of these advancements are still good news.

The achievements are listed below. Click on each one for more information.

  1. Preventing Disease with Life-saving Immunizations
  2. Reducing SIDS with “Back to Sleep”
  3. Curing a Common Childhood Cancer
  4. Saving Premature Babies by helping them Breathe
  5. Preventing Mother-to-Baby HIV Transmission
  6. Increasing Life Expectancy for Children with Chronic Disease
  7. Saving Lives with Car Seats and Seat Belts

 

 


Dr. Todd Harris

December 23, 2015 – A group of RCAM nurses pointed this out to me today and this could be a big deal when you are counting on your kids to be safe in a car.

The small adjustment is near the end of this brief video.


Dr. Todd Harris

September 28, 2015 – In Americans aged 15 to 24 years old, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death. Prevention strategies generally focus on identifying at risk individuals and getting them the right help.

Information about ‘what to look for’ and ‘what to do’ are covered succinctly in a North Carolina website: itisok2ask.com. This site also provides specific North Carolina county-by-county resources.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is1-800-273-TALK (or 1-800-273-8255)

The NC State Counseling Center created the following video. It is heartfelt and well done as three students present their personal accounts of the time leading up to their own suicide attempts. The video aims to reduce the stigma of talking about suicide, and, hopefully, encourage young people to talk to someone and get the right kind of help during at risk times.

More information from the NC State Counseling Center about suicide prevention can be found here.


Dr. Todd Harris

CPR Saves Lives

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

September 17, 2015 – On this day in 1630, the city of Boston, Massachusetts was founded. Today – 385 years later – take some good advice from Boston Children’s Hospital. CPR saves lives. You could too.