Seattle Children's Provider News

Ways Seattle Children’s Is Zeroing in on COVID-19

When health officials learned a Seattle Children’s patient tested positive for the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in late February, it sent a ripple through health and scientific communities nationwide. It was the first example of community transmission in the state of Washington, indicating the virus causing COVID-19 had likely been spreading in Seattle and the surrounding region undetected.

It was a moment Seattle Children’s had prepared to face since establishing an incident command center more than one month prior. From this command center, teams from across the organization met to support advance planning and coordinate actions for a potential COVID-19 surge in the region.

“Before there were any confirmed cases in the U.S., Seattle Children’s anticipated the potential for an outbreak in our region,” says CEO Dr. Jeff Sperring. “Over the past several weeks, we have provided specialized training for our team, established strict protocols for health and hygiene, and consolidated essential supplies so we would be ready to protect our patients.” Read full post »

New Referral Guidelines From Urology, Plus Algorithms and Other Resources for PCPs

Seattle Children’s Urology has updated its referral guidelines and created new resources for primary care providers to help them manage urologic conditions in primary care and know when to refer to a specialist. For details, visit Urology’s “Refer a Patient” page which includes these new resources:

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COVID-19 Panel Discussions Are Available Online

Seattle Children’s has hosted several panel presentations on COVID-19 that are now available to view on our YouTube channel:

  • Coping During COVID-19. These are challenging times, and almost everything about our daily lives looks different. This Facebook Live panel covered how we can best manage the changes that COVID-19 brings and how to support our children during this time. Seattle Children’s also offers other resources to support mental wellness and family life during COVID-19.
  • COVID-19: The Seattle Children’s Experience. Children’s Infectious Disease, Hospital Medicine and Emergency Medicine experts shared their experiences from the front lines at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Topics included epidemiology, clinical presentation, and lab testing availabilities; infection control issues, including PPE shortages; institutional response to COVID-19, including employee testing; emergency services preparation and care; and potential antivirals and upcoming treatment guidelines. The session concluded with a Q&A on how you can prepare.
  • Confronting Tragic Choices in the Midst of a Pandemic. Our community is facing unprecedented challenges to our healthcare system. Fortunately, our regional disaster healthcare network is one of the few in the country that has been focused on planning around a severe pandemic. This panel discussion examined how decisions are made when resources are scarce.

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End of Influenza Season

Seattle Children’s is officially calling a close to the influenza season due to the significant drop-off in (non-COVID-19) respiratory viruses detected during the last two weeks of testing.


Classes and Events at Seattle Children’s

To help contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community, Seattle Children’s has canceled large group gatherings taking place at our facilities, including those with attendees from the community (e.g. CMEs, classes, conferences, PALS courses, etc.). Please check with event organizers if you have questions or need additional information. If you are registered for an event and it is moved to WebeEx only, event organizers will notify you.

New Milestone for On-Campus Construction

Seattle Children’s new Building Care officially “topped out” in late March as construction workers placed the building’s top beam in position. The 310,000 square foot facility, scheduled to open in spring 2022, will serve as the new “front door” to Seattle Children’s.

Grand Rounds: April 2020

Grand Rounds will not be held in-person. We hope you can join us remotely via WebEx.  Questions can be submitted for the speaker through the chat option in the WebEx meeting window.

View the WebEx information and Online Grand Rounds Video links.

April 2, 2020: Climate Action, Seattle Children’s and You. Colleen Groll, MSN, LEED AP BD+C. manager, Sustainability Programs, Seattle Children’s.

April 9, 2020: Using Social Media for Medical Education, Networking, and Knowledge Sharing. Anita Thomas, MD, MPH. Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Seattle Children’s

April 16, 2020: You Can’t Trust a Toddler: A Contemporary Review of Aerodigestive Foreign Bodies. John Dahl, MD, PhD, MBA; assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, UW; Otolaryngology, Craniofacial, Vascular Anomalies, Seattle Children’s. Read full post »

COVID-19 Update For Referring Providers – March 31, 2020

For a summary of Seattle Children’s news and information about COVID-19, read our Provider FAQs.

1. Algorithms for Patient Screening at Entrances

All patients and visitors are being screened for COVID-19 at our facility entrances. As we learn more about the coronavirus and the symptoms it can cause, we’ll continue to assess our entrance screening process and make adjustments as necessary to help keep our workforce members and patients safe. Based on recent findings about the virus, we have added additional symptoms to our entrance screening process.

View our screening algorithms for:

Visitors to the Lab who screen positive will be escorted to a negative pressure room and have their labs drawn in the negative pressure room, rather than diverted to the ED.

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COVID-19 Update: March 25, 2020

1. New Visitor Policy: “One Patient — One Visitor”

To align with the practices of many of our partners in the Children’s Hospital Association, Seattle Children’s is now allowing only one visitor at a time per patient. This applies to both inpatients and clinic patients including those visiting the ED and urgent care. This step will be challenging for our patients and families, but it is essential to limiting potential exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. For inpatients, up to four parents or caregivers can be designated, but only one can visit at a time.

2. All Pre-Operative Patients to Be Screened for COVID-19

In order to keep our workforce safe and to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE), this week we started screening all pre-operative patients for COVID-19. This includes patients who will have a procedure in an operating room and those who need anesthesia in Radiology. These tests need to be collected 48 to 72 hours prior to surgery.

Outpatients who are scheduled for a procedure will be tested at our Sand Point Learning Center drive-through testing site. All testing is ordered by Seattle Children’s providers and is not open to the general public. The testing site remains open for Seattle Children’s workforce members also; hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

Providers at the Pre-Anesthesia Surgical Services (PASS) Clinic, in partnership with Perioperative Services, will be reviewing the operative schedule, informing families of the testing requirement, placing the screening order and communicating the test results.  For patients already in the hospital or the Emergency Department, the PASS Clinic will work directly with the care teams to coordinate timely testing. Read full post »

Join us Thursday, March 26 for “COVID-19: The Seattle Children’s Experience” via Webex (8 a.m. PST)

Seattle Children’s infectious disease and emergency medicine experts will share their experiences from the front lines at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Topics include epidemiology, clinical presentation, foreign data and lab testing availabilities; infection control issues including PPE shortages; institutional response to COVID including employee testing; emergency services preparation and care; and potential antivirals and upcoming treatment guidelines. This special Provider Grand Rounds session will conclude with a Q&A with the panel. Join in Thursday, March 26, 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET. Read more. Read full post »