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The Meaning of Fever

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Dr. Rick Place is Medical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Inova Children’s Hospital (at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, VA). Dr. Place is a board certified physician in both Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics. Of all childhood afflictions, fever likely represents the most commonly feared condition in young children. By far, it…

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Infant Safety: Car Seats, Puffy Coats and Other Tips

5 important ways to protect your newborn’s safety Major baby-proofing typically kicks into high gear just before a little one becomes mobile and is starting to show signs that they may be able to roll off an elevated surface. Prior to this point, keeping baby safe mostly revolves around the infant’s tiny world, which is…

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Straight A’s for Inova Hospitals from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

Falls Church, VA – All five Inova hospitals were awarded ‘A’ grades for the fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades.  A national distinction, Leapfrog recognizes Inova’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. This is the third consecutive grading period that all five Inova hospitals have received an ‘A’ grade.  In fact,…

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A Dramatic Delivery Showcases Inova’s Teamwork Approach

When 8-months-pregnant Jihye Ha needed emergency care, the situation turned critical for her and the baby. Throughout her first pregnancy, Jihye Ha seemed to be sailing through it without much difficulty or discomfort — but then in February, at 32 weeks, she began noticing a strange development. Her fingernails were turning blue. Ha also started…

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The Vaping Epidemic: Get the Facts

B. Jill McCabe, MD, Katie MacDonald, MSN, CPNP and Erin Rovelli, RN, BSN serve patients at the Children’s Emergency Room at Inova Loudoun Hospital – Loudoun County’s only emergency facility solely dedicated to caring for children and adolescents. It is also the county’s first and only sensory-friendly ER. Katie is also a pediatric nurse practitioner for Inova Urgent Care. Specialized pediatric…

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Breastfeeding Problems? We Can Help!

Karen Bodnar, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician at Inova Children’s Hospital and breastfeeding medicine specialist at the Inova Center for Breastfeeding Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and is an Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Feeding your baby seems like it should be the…

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Heatstroke: Know the Signs

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Dr. Rick Place is Medical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Inova Children’s Hospital (at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, VA). Dr. Place is a board certified physician in both Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics. Increasing temperatures coinciding with mid-summer activities and late summer athletic training schedules brings with it the risk of…

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Tick Season

Katie MacDonald, MSN, CPNP is a pediatric nurse practitioner for Inova Urgent Care and the Children’s Emergency Room at Inova Loudoun Hospital – Loudoun County’s only emergency facility solely dedicated to caring for children and adolescents. It is also the first and only sensory-friendly ER in Loudoun County. Inova Urgent Care offers specialized pediatric urgent care services at…

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Protect Your Kids from Drowning

Northern Virginia parents and caregivers: With the heat of the D.C. summer upon us, did you know these sobering facts about kids and drowning? In Virginia, drownings are the leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1 to 4, and the second leading cause of death in all children. For every child who…

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Why Should I Take My Child to an Inova Pediatric ER or Urgent Care Center?

Dr. Rick Place

By Rick Place, MD, Medical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Inova Children’s Hospital, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus Nothing is scarier to a parent than having a sick child. At Inova, we are committed to caring for children within both our emergency and urgent care facilities. Inova Children’s Hospital (ICH) at Inova Fairfax Medical…

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