Pediatrics – Peter Koetters, MD Video
Announcer: Now, here’s our reporter, Lora Windsor, with a segment for parents
having to take their children to the hospital.
Visuals: Announcer is a male in a suit. He is in front of a news studio background
with glass and wood panels and a large monitor with the title “American
Reporter: Sometimes your child will need to be admitted to the hospital so the medical
team can diagnose and treat the urgent problem. We spoke with…
Visuals: The announcer is a female in a suit, introduced with the title “Lora
Windsor – American Health Journal” in lower-third. In the
background are rows of TV monitors playing various medical videos. The
largest monitor has the title “Preparing children for the hospital”
with a clip of a male doctor sitting at a kid’s table, talking to
a toddler in the playroom of the Pediatric unit.
Reporter (V.O.): …Dr. Peter Koetters at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in the San
Fernando Valley and asked him about conditions that would bring a child
into the hospital.
V.O. visual: Close-up of Koetters, wearing a shirt, tie and white coat, being interviewed
in a studio with a gray wall behind him; camera sweep of the exterior
of Valley Presbyterian Hospital.
Peter Koetters, MD: The different conditions that might bring a child to the hospital vary
depending on the age. Newborns in the first two months after birth are
particularly susceptible to certain problems. Many babies develop some
jaundice after birth which normally isn’t a big deal but if bilirubin
Visual: He is introduced with the title “Peter Koetters, MD – Valley
Presbyterian Hospital” in the lower-third.
Koetters (V.O.): …get high enough to be potentially dangerous, the baby may need
to be hospitalized to get phototherapy, special lights that can break
down the bilirubin in the skin until it reaches safe levels. Fever in
a baby in those first few months is a big deal and…
V.O. visual: Camera pan of Koetter as he works at his desk on a computer; phototherapy
equipment in a designated room at the hospital; newborn in an incubator
in the NICU.
Koetters: …requires hospitalization, IV of antibiotics and making sure there’s
not a blood stream infection, urine infection or meningitis.
Koetters (V.O.): One year olds up through about four years old have a lot of respiratory
tract problems. And, those consist often of virus infections like bronchiolitis
and croup or even bacterial infections like pneumonia. Again, most of
those don’t need to be in the hospital but if they result in a need
V.O. visuals: A male doctor talks with a young mother in a cheerful pediatric hospital
room while her toddler is in the bed is being attended to by two female
nurses; close-up of doctor with stethoscope to the young girl’s
chest; wider shot of the doctor with stethoscope on the girl’s back.
Koetters: …oxygen or the baby or child is breathing hard enough that they
could tire out from having trouble breathing they could require hospitalization
as well. And, the last thing, the type of problems that result in a lot
of hospital visits is vomiting and diarrhea, which in young children (inaudible)
leads to dehydration more quickly because their bodies aren’t very big yet.
Visual: The title “Dr. Koetters discusses Children in the hospital”
in the low-third appears.
Koetters (V.O.): But they’re usually treated just with intravenous fluids. Older
children can also sometimes have abdominal pain that needs to be observed
in case they might have…
V.O. visual: Koetters presses a stethoscope to a pre-teen girl’s abdomen in a
pediatrics examination room.
Koetters: …appendicitis or a condition requiring surgery and accidents, which
are really the leading cause of death in children, sometimes results in
Koetters (V.O.): …if a broken bone requires surgery, if there is head trauma or
other problems like that.
V.O. visuals: Child on a gurney being loaded into an ambience by EMTs.
Francisca Uranda: My daughter had really bad stomach pains on her lower right side, which
we thought it could be appendicitis.
Visual: Young mother being interviewed in studio, introduced with the title “Francisca
Uranda – Daughter needed hospital care” in lower-third.
Uranda (V.O.): So I brought her right into the Emergency Room and as soon as the doctor
saw her and felt her stomach, he admitted her right away.
V.O. visual: Koetters gently pressing on pre-teen girl’s abdomen as she lies
on her back on the exam bed.
Uranda: I was very worried but at the same time everybody here was so nice and
just so comforting letting me know…
Uranda (V.O.): …that everything was going to be OK. They actually take the time
to explain everything to you step by step by step, which is actually very
comforting because that way I know what’s going on and Natalie knows
what’s going on.
V.O. visuals: Uranda watches from a chair in the exam room as Koetters presses the stethoscope
to the chest area of her pre-teen daughter as she sits on the bed; another
angle with a closer shot; Koetters checks the girl’s eyes.
Reporter (V.O.): Francisca tells us how her daughter is doing now.
Uranda: She’s actually very good and no more pains and…
Uranda (V.O.): …changed her diet. And so she’s doing really good now.
V.O. visual: Koetters, Uranda and her daughter walk up a hallway in the pediatric unit
toward the camera, talking and smiling.
Koetters: Any fear about going to the hospital, is both in children and their parents.
Some of it…
Koetters (V.O.) …in the children it’s simply not knowing what to expect so
parents can do a great service if they are able to prepare their child
a little bit before going into the hospital. So some of the things parents
might be able to do before the child…
V.O. visual: Toddler with her mother and a nurse in the playroom of the pediatrics
unit playing with toys; another angle of the nurse helping the happy toddler
with a toy as her mother watches, smiling.
Koetters: …goes to the hospital is just introduce them to the idea of what
a hospital might look like, the kind of things they might find in a hospital
room, and remind them if you use pictures that it may not look exactly
like the pictures because sometimes children get a little bit confused.
Also, play-acting. You can sort of get them used to the idea of things
that might happen in the hospital even using a doll to play act or doing
it with your child one-on-one.
Koetters (V.O.): Pretending to take vital signs, even drawing blood, putting in an IV, all
those things can become more playful, less foreign to the child, making
them less anxious when they happen in real life.
V.O. visual: Young mother talking to Koetters in the pediatrics unit; a doctor blows
bubbles with toddler sitting on a bed in the pediatrics unit.
Koetters: It’s helpful sometimes to give children options also when they’re
in the hospital because they feel like they have no control and indeed
they have no control over most of what goes on. So giving them control
over the little things like what they might be able to eat when they have
menu options or even which arm you can draw blood out of gives them some
sense of control and makes them more calm.
Reporter: Going to the hospital can be scary but remember the doctors, nurses and
other hospital workers are there to help your child feel better. For the
American Health Journal, I’m Lora Windsor.
Visuals: In the background are rows of TV monitors playing various medical videos.
The largest monitor includes clips of Koetters examining the pre-teen
and the other doctor in the room with the toddler. End screen has title
“American Health Journal – thedoctorshow.com”