Seattle Children's Provider News

Update about Aspergillus in Our Operating Rooms

We are very sorry for the impact the air quality issues and closure of our operating rooms has had on our patients, families, and community partners. Providing safe, quality care is our most important responsibility at Seattle Children’s and we are all committed to doing what is right to keep our patients safe. Thanks to community partners like you, we are able to uphold our commitment and continue delivering care to patients across our region.

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Seattle Children’s Team to Accompany Newborns on Airlift

Airlift Northwest and Seattle Children’s are collaborating to further enhance the care available to our region’s most fragile neonatal patients. Starting July 15, 2019, Seattle Children’s Pediatric Neonatal Critical Care Transport Service team members (RN and RT) will accompany Airlift Northwest staff and help provide clinical care on flights transporting neonatal patients between hospitals.

“By combining the expertise of the long-standing critical care flight program at Airlift Northwest with Seattle Children’s Neonatal Critical Care Team, we will be bringing the best of both programs to the patient bedside,” says Dr. Jessica Wall, assistant pediatric medical director of Airlift Northwest and clinical assistant professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “That means better outcomes for our pediatric patients in Western Washington and beyond.” Read full post »

Spinal Muscular Atrophy: A Q&A with Dr. Fawn Leigh

Dr. Fawn Leigh

Fawn Leigh

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic cause of death for infants. Seattle Children’s neurologist Fawn Leigh talks about the fast-changing landscape of research and treatment that is bringing new hope to patients and their families.

What do you want providers to know about SMA?

Dr. Fawn Leigh, neurologist, Seattle Children’s: Being aware of SMA and spotting it early is very important in getting babies into treatment. It can be seen as early as during the newborn checkup. The most common feature of infants with SMA is hypotonia (low muscle tone). We typically see babies with neck flexor weakness, where they can’t lift their head on their own, and significant head lag when pulling up. There’s an absence of reflexes too. But the main thing is hypotonia; that’s the red flag providers should watch out for. Read full post »

High Demand for New Mental Health Referral Service

The Washington Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens has doubled its staff from two to four and is planning to add another referral specialist during the school year. The move comes in response to high and growing demand for the free, telephone-based referral service that officially launched in April. Referrals have jumped from 67 in April to 108 in June.

The service is designed for children and teens 17 and younger from across Washington, connecting families with evidence-supported outpatient mental health services in the community. Families receive a custom referral to meet their individual location, insurance and the mental health needs of their child. Referral specialists call local mental health providers to verify their availability before making a referral to the family and then coach the family to contact the provider as soon as possible to secure the appointment. More than half of all families (58%) who responded to a post-referral survey reported success in getting their child in to see a mental health specialist.

The Washington Healthcare Authority funds the referral service, and Seattle Children’s operates it. It works closely with the existing Partnership Access Line (PAL) mental health consult line at Seattle Children’s. Read full post »

Seattle Children’s Is Growing: Three New Buildings by 2022

Seattle Children’s Is Growing  

Seattle Children’s is moving forward with three major construction projects to expand its clinical capacity and research facilities around Seattle and improve access to care for all patients.

  • Building Care: new clinical space at the hospital campus
  • Building Cure: a downtown Seattle research facility
  • OBCC Othello: a second Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in southeast Seattle

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Bowel Management Treatment Program: Aug. 14 Webinar for Providers

Seattle Children’s is hosting a webinar on our Bowel Management Treatment Program. If you have patients who can’t control their bowels even after standard interventions, join us on Aug. 14 to learn about our one-week program. It serves patients ages 3 to 21 who:

  • Never succeeded at potty training and are still having accidents regularly
  • Experience repeated urinary tract infections (UTIs) and tummy aches due to ongoing constipation
  • Have had pelvic reconstruction surgery and still experience incontinence
  • Have Hirschsprung disease or anorectal malformations and still
    experience incontinence
  • Have no known condition but have failed to improve with standard well-child
    constipation management strategies

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Late Onset of ADHD: Fact or Fiction (1 CME credit, Category 2)

Seattle Children’s Department of Psychology offers: “Late Onset of ADHD: Fact or Fiction?” Presented by Margaret Sibley, PhD, associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Sept. 5, 6 p.m.

Location: Providence St. Peter’s Medical Center, 413 Lilly Road NE, Olympia, WA 98506, Room 200 (Maps and Directions)


Learning objectives:

  1. Understand key steps in the diagnostic process for adolescents and adults who present with first-time ADHD symptoms.
  2. Differentiate false positive ADHD cases from true cases of the disorder.
  3. Recognize valid versus invalid profiles of late-onset ADHD.
  4. Identify risk factors for the development or exacerbation of ADHD symptoms in adolescence.
  5. Become familiar with diagnostic and treatment recommendations for adolescents and adults with a first time diagnosis of ADHD.

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Nationwide Recall of Medicines From Torrent Pharma

Seattle Children’s is participating in a voluntary nationwide recall of several over-the-counter medications manufactured by Torrent Pharma, Inc. The manufacturer has not received any reports of harmful events related to this recall. The risk to patients is judged to be extremely low, and Seattle Children’s has found no evidence of harm to patients. It has notified all providers whose patients received the medications at Seattle Children’s.

Which medicines are included in the recall?

The recall affects medicines that were given to patients between January 2017 and May 2019 and includes:

  • Bisacodyl suppository
  • Diphenhydramine liquid
  • Guaifenesin liquid
  • Oxymetazoline nasal spray
  • Pseudoephedrine liquid

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Grand Rounds at Seattle Children’s

Join us Thursday mornings from 8 to 9 a.m. for presentations by pediatric healthcare experts. All are welcome at this weekly free Category 1 CME event. Location: Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s. Or watch the live webcast.

Aug. 8, 2019: Integrating Genomic Analysis Into Clinical Management of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Abelson Hematology-Oncology Lecture. Charles Mullighan, MB BS, MSc, MD; deputy director, Comprehensive Cancer Center; co-leader, Hematological Malignancies Program; medical director, St. Jude Biorepository; William E. Evans Endowed Chair.

Aug. 15, 2019: The Evolution of Genetic Counseling in Support of Family-Centered Genomics. Linda Ramsdell, MS, LGC; genetic counselor supervisor, Genetic Medicine, Seattle Children’s; and Darci Sternen, MS, LCGC; genetic counselor, Seattle Children’s. Read full post »

Seattle Children’s One-Day Conference on Sept. 7 (9 CME credits, Category 1)

Seattle Children’s will offer a one-day conference on hot topics in pediatrics as part of the “What’s New In Medicine” conference in Kennewick, Washington, on Saturday, Sept. 7 (nine CME credits, Category 1). View the conference brochure for details on the schedule, speakers and topics. Space is limited. To register, visit the “What’s New in Medicine” (WNIM) website at and scroll down to click on “Register Now.” Select “Attendees (1 Day Only)” then choose “Saturday” under “Which Day Are You Attending?” You will then be given the choice of Internal Medicine or Pediatrics, and you can choose Pediatrics. (If you’d like to attend both days of the WNIM conference, including adult infectious disease on Sept. 6, follow the “Attendees (2 Days)” option and select “Pediatrics” as your Saturday option.) Read full post »