Seattle Children's Provider News

Special Update: ED Overcrowding and Inpatient Census – Unprecedented Levels

From: Dr. Elaine Albert, Medical Director of Inpatient Access and Andrew Mullenix, Director of Patient Flow and Inpatient Access

  • Seattle Children’s Emergency Department (ED) has had a sustained census above 250% for multiple evenings this week.
  • Inpatient acute care census has been greater than 100% for several days.
  • Air quality is currently unhealthy for susceptible groups; we are seeing a significant increase in patients with respiratory distress.
  • We continue to run under a disaster incident command structure and contingency status for staffing and space.
  • It is imperative that providers manage patients in primary care whenever possible and appropriate. If sending patients to the ED, please always call our Communications Center first (206-987-8899).
  • Please advise families to expect longer than typical wait times at our ED and that we are triaging patients to see the sickest patients first.

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Special Update: COVID-19 Bivalent Boosters Available

Seattle Children’s is now offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 updated (bivalent*) booster vaccine and the Moderna bivalent booster vaccine to our patients, workforce members and community members. Individuals can receive a bivalent booster dose if it has been at least two months since they completed their primary COVID-19 vaccination series or have received the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved single-strain (monovalent) COVID-19 vaccine.

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Advances in Treating Pediatric High-Risk Leukemia: A Q&A With Dr. Todd Cooper

 

Todd Michael Cooper, DO

Todd Michael Cooper, DO

Dr. Todd Cooper is Section Chief of Oncology, Director of the Pediatric Leukemia/Lymphoma Program and Co-Director of the High-Risk Leukemia Program at Seattle Children’s. The High-Risk Leukemia Program at Seattle Children’s started in 2018 under the leadership of Dr. Cooper and Dr. Marie Bleakley, Director of Cellular Therapy and Transplantation for Pediatric Leukemia at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.

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COVID/Capacity update

We Anticipate a Strong Surge in COVID-19 Infections and Respiratory Viruses as Kids Return to School This Year

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Future Changes to our Provider-to-Provider Line (“Q7” Line)

To continue to improve access and patient care, we anticipate making some changes to the Provider-to-Provider Line (“Q7” line) in early 2023. Please be assured the line is not going away; we recognize its importance to our community. Our goal is to meet the needs of our referring provider community while alleviating the strain the Q7 line places on our specialties, which field high call volumes. Any changes we make will be based on input we gather from community providers and Seattle Children’s providers.

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Gender-Affirming Surgery of the Lower Body for Young Adults and Other News on Gender-Affirming Care

Lower-Body Gender-Affirming Surgery

Seattle Children’s is now offering gender-affirming surgeries for the lower body to patients age 18 and older who have a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, in addition to the gender-affirming surgical services we previously offered such as chest reconstruction and facial gender-affirming surgery. This expansion will further Seattle Children’s commitment to supporting transgender and nonbinary patients.

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Mental Health: Talking With Patients and Families About Suicide

Conversations with Families About Suicide Prevention and Safe Firearm Storage

September is Suicide Prevention Month and a timely reminder that there are many ways providers can help identify and support youth who are struggling with mental health issues and suicidal ideation. 

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Walk-In X-Rays Are Now Available

We are pleased to announce X-rays at Seattle Children’s are now provided as a walk-in service. No scheduled appointment is necessary. To refer your patient, fax the Radiology Exam Request Form to 206-985-3128, send the original form with the patient or use EpicCare Link (the latter eliminates the risk of sending an order to the wrong fax number and avoids delays due to potential network errors).

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Referral News: Changes for Ophthalmology and Obesity

Ophthalmology Opens Referrals to More Types of Patients

Due to capacity improvements, Ophthalmology has made recent changes to its referral guidelines to see more types of patients. As of August 2022:

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CMEs and EVENTS

  • What’s New in Medicine 2022. Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10, 2022. This is a hybrid CME meeting and workshop that offers all-day sessions on infectious diseases, internal medicine and pediatrics. See the event brochure.

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