A BMT requires a team effort by healthcare professionals, the patient, and the patient’s parent(s) and/or caregiver(s). It is helpful to know beforehand which types of personnel make up the medical side of the team, many of whom you will meet during the BMT evaluation process. At research and academic hospitals. there is usually a calendar-based rotation of physican and nursing staff on the BMT team, although policies vary by facility. Facility-based staff are often in permanent positions. This means that you and your child will get to know a number of team members during the course of the BMT. Nurses, who work in shifts around the clock at the hospital, are typcially the family’s main connection point with the rest of the BMT team.
A Team Approach is Central to Family Centered Care
The principles of family-centered care at pediatric hospitals have led to the development of a team approach that includes parents. Family-centered care is the result of decades of efforts by parents, child advocates, and others seeking to humanize medical care for chidlren. Care teams are structured to include parents as experts on their own child, just as other members have respective medical or supportive care expertise. Children who are able to communciate can be included in the team as well, as they desire. Famlies and their children particpate in making care decisions, and respectful two-way communcation between families and staff is facilitated. You can learn more about Family Centered Care at CHRMC on the hospital website.
Members of the following healthcare disciplines are typically represented on the BMT team.
- Attending physicians
- Clinical nurse specialist
- Nurse coordinator
- BMT Nurse team
Child Life Specialists
Other professions, including:
physical and occuaptional therapists, anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists, pastoral care, medical assistants, psychologists or psychiatrists.