At Children’s Wisconsin, we are 100 percent focused on the well-being and health of children. Kids are not little adults — our doctors and nurses are pediatric certified, meaning they have years of special training to know how to best care for their little, growing bodies.
Pediatric training is important. It allows our providers to do things like reduce unnecessary tests and doctor visits, and fix a broken bone that is still growing. It also means they can provide medication in a safe and appropriate way.
While it’s important that all of our doctors and nurses are experts on kids, it’s just as important that our pharmacists are experts, too. Many of our patients need medicine in order for them to heal after a surgery or a fall from the monkey bars, but giving kids medicine isn’t as easy as one might think. Their bodies can react much differently to medications than an adult’s body since kids are still growing and developing.
Did you know that almost 80 percent of medications don’t come with recommendations for kids? This leaves the dosage unclear for their growing bodies and adult doctors might not always know what is best for kids. Just because they are smaller in size doesn’t always mean they need less medication than an adult would. Pharmacists need to be specially trained in order to safely dispense medication to kids correctly and confidently. They use factors such as age, weight, metabolism, condition and allergies to determine the right dosage, tailoring each prescription specifically for each patient.
Skywalk Pharmacy is Children’s Wisconsin’s full service pediatric retail pharmacy. They provide services for our children ranging from routine prescriptions to compounded medications that are made specifically for a particular patient.
Here are some fun facts about Skywalk Pharmacy and their dedication to the health and well-being of kids: