Seattle Children's Provider News

Special Update: Strains On Our ED and Inpatient Capacity – Your Help Requested

From: Dr. Brianna Enriquez, Medical Director of Emergency Management and Dr. Elaine Albert, Medical Director, Inpatient Access

In the last week, there has been a large increase in Emergency Department (ED) visits due to a combination of respiratory illnesses, mental health and COVID-19. The ED is functioning at 150% capacity on average. The ED team is using every available space to treat patients, including the lobby, a converted storage area and tents. Approximately 33% of ED bed space is being used for patients with mental and behavioral health issues.

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Fetal Intervention and Surgery Is Now Available at Seattle Children’s

Effective October 1, 2021, Seattle Children’s is proud to announce our expanded Fetal Care and Treatment Center.

The Center includes the only fetal intervention and surgery program in the Northwest, as well as advanced diagnostic and testing options, dedicated care coordination, the most comprehensive pediatric medical and surgical experts in the region and robust support services. Dr. Mark Lewin will lead the Center.

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New Innovations in Fetal Care and Treatment: A Q&A With Drs. Mark Lewin, Bettina Paek and Martin Walker

Dr. Mark Lewin is division chief of Cardiology, co-director of the Heart Center and director of the Fetal Care and Treatment Center at Seattle Children’s, and chief of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Dr. Bettina Paek and Dr. Martin Walker are co-directors of the new Maternal Fetal Intervention and Surgery Program at Seattle Children’s Fetal Care and Treatment Center. They previously worked together for 16 years in private practice at Eastside Maternal Fetal Medicine at Evergreen Health.

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Introducing Our New Type 2 Diabetes Clinic

Seattle Children’s Endocrinology and Diabetes is pleased to announce our new clinic created exclusively for pediatric patients with type 2 diabetes.

Why A Clinic Just for Type 2 Patients

Type 2 diabetes is increasing in the youth population. It affects people from a range of ethnic and racial groups and at all social and economic levels. Patients with type 2 diabetes need a multidisciplinary team to help achieve glycemic targets and lifestyle goals. Diabetes education and self-management skills are an essential component to this clinic.

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Update on COVID-19 and Seattle Children’s Capacity

Palivizumab (Synagis) Administration Began September 15, 2021

Seattle Children’s started administration of palivizumab (Synagis) for eligible patients two months early this year, on September 15, due to high RSV rates seen in late summer and an increase in the number of RSV patients admitted to the ICU needing ventilator support. We are providing Synagis to current Seattle Children’s patients who are eligible. We recommend community providers assess their patients for RSV risk and begin administering Synagis to eligible patients.

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Anti-Racism Work at Seattle Children’s

In early September, Seattle Children’s released its much-anticipated Health Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan. It articulates over 30 specific actions Seattle Children’s will take to address the eight recommendations that emerged from an outside assessment by Covington & Burling. That assessment examined issues of systemic racism, diversity, equity and inclusion at Seattle Children’s.

These 30+ actions will engage Seattle Children’s workforce, leadership, patient families and the broader community to make measurable, significant changes aimed at ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion at Seattle Children’s.

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Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide is a leading cause of death among adolescents in Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Reducing access to firearms and medications at home could save thousands of lives for people experiencing suicidality. Encourage families to limit access to these by practicing safe firearm storage and safe medicine storage and disposal.

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Biofeedback at South Clinic in Federal Way

Seattle Children’s South Clinic in Federal Way now offers biofeedback therapy with Ivan Quintero, ND. Dr. Quintero sees patients three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If your South Sound patient age 8 to 21 is interested in biofeedback therapy, please send in a referral and note “South Clinic” on your referral so we know to schedule your patient in Federal Way.

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CMEs

Pediatric Chest Pain: October 14, 2021, 6 to 7:15 p.m. via Webex. Salaam Sallaam, MD, Seattle Children’s Heart Center. Category 2 CME presented by Physician Relations. RSVP by October 12 to physician.relations@seattlechildrens.org. Learn more.

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Grand Rounds: October 2021

Provider Grand Rounds are held year-round on Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. Instructions on watching the live webcast are here.

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