ACUTE AND CRITICAL PAEDIATRIC CARE
With Dr Koekemoer’s experience in pre-hospital care, aviation medicine and trauma medicine, your child is in good hands with regards to acute and critical paediatric care.
While it is impossible to germproof your child and protect you baby from all environmental factors, we know that the immune system of a baby or child is not nearly as effective in fighting off infection and disease as an adult’s. For this reason it is important to pay attention to signs and symptoms that may indicate a more serious issue and require urgent care.
Symptoms which require emergency or acute paediatric care include persistent high fever, severe pale skin, vomiting, diarrhoea, acute pain, headache, abdominal pain, constipation, seizures, noisy breathing, fast breathing, shallow breathing, seizures, severe restlessness, lethargy, poor feeding or anything else that may be out of the normal for your infant or child.
Dr Koekemoer’s practice opens at 8am and if need be, you can contact the rooms for urgent or emergency paediatric care in which Dr Koekemoer can assist. For after hour emergencies please proceed to Roodepoort Flora Hospital’s emergency unit and have the nurse on duty contact Dr Koekemoer if necessary.
Although there has been substantial effort to decrease the amount of critically ill children and child mortality rates in South Africa over the past few years, the skills required to diagnose and treat acute and emergency paediatric cases relies on experience and specific training. Through his experience as Senior Medical Officer of Netcare 911 Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and becoming a Fellow in the College of Paediatricians as well as his courses in Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS); Paediatric Advanced Life Support Experienced Provider (PALS-EP); Airway intervention and management in emergencies (AIME); Advanced Cardiac Life Support Experienced Provider (ACLS-EP), Beyond BASIC Mechanical Ventilation, Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) and Advanced Neonatal Life Support (ANLS) Dr Koekemoer is trained and has extensive knowledge in intensive neonatal, acute and critical paediatric care.
You must be vigilant in noticing symptoms of an emergency. Common symptoms may include severe pain, high fever, seizures, breathing difficulties, diarrhoea and vomiting.
After hour support is offered by the emergency department at Life Flora Hospital as well as Netcare Krugersdorp Hospital. Depending on the nature of the emergency, the emergency department will contact Dr Koekemoer for the necessary advice and treatment planning.
If your child has concerning symptoms, it is best to take them to your nearest emergency department as soon as possible.