Archive for April 2018

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Caring for Traumatized Children

A Q&A with Dr. Ben Danielson, Mark Fadool and Dr. Nat Jungblut

The majority of children will experience a potentially traumatic event during childhood, but only some of them will develop clinically significant distress.

Identifying and supporting children who have been negatively affected by trauma is crucial to their emotional and physical health.

Primary care providers have a unique opportunity to recognize families experiencing post-traumatic stress and offer them support. We’ve brought together three experts to help: Dr. Ben Danielson, senior medical director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC); Mark Fadool, clinical director of Mental Health Services at OBCC; and Dr. Nat Jungbluth, a clinical psychologist working on a Washington state-funded pilot program to offer behavioral health services to youth and families in the Tri-Cities.

How does trauma affect a child’s health?

Dr. Danielson: The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, published in 1998, recognized a direct correlation between 10 stressful experiences – termed Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – and health outcomes. These experiences include: physical, verbal or sexual abuse; substance abuse by family members; parent separation or divorce; witnessing domestic violence; depression in a family; and a family member in prison, among others.

The study demonstrated that the more ACEs a person experiences during childhood, the more severe and the more frequent illnesses they are likely to suffer as a child and into adulthood.
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Seattle Children’s Academic Annual Report Highlights 2017 Accomplishments

Dr. Jeff Sperring.

Seattle Children’s has published its 2017 Academic Annual Report, featuring some of the organization’s accomplishments this past year. Included in this years report are the following articles:

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I Was Not Ready to Die: How Seattle Children’s Immunotherapy Saved My Life

Seattle Children’s doctors and researchers are leading efforts to better treat cancer in children, adolescents and young adults by boosting the immune system with T-cell immunotherapy. Patients who cannot be cured with standard therapies are benefiting from clinical trials developed at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research, and supported by the Strong Against Cancer initiative. 

One of these patients is Aaron. When he feared he might be out of treatment options, Aaron found hope at Seattle Children’s. 

Read Aaron’s story on Seattle Children’s blog On The Pulse.
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Register for Pediatric Advanced Life Support Training

Register today for upcoming Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) courses.

To see all course information and upcoming dates visit: www.seattlechildrens.org/PALS. Providers seeking the full course training may appreciate the one day PALS Provider Course for Physicians and Advanced Practitioners offered Sept. 8.

The official American Heart Association (AHA) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) curriculum includes:

  • Video and PALS Instructor-led science, resuscitation skills and case scenario simulation
  • Skills test with team approach in cardiac, respiratory and shock case scenarios
  • Written exam in class for Provider and Renewal courses
  • On-line exam for HeartCode PALS Part 1
  • For HeartCode PALS, Part 1 online learning and Part 2 in-class skills test, for either initial PALS certification or renewal
  • PALS Provider certification eCard issued upon successful completion of objectives

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CME Events

The following CME Events are being held this month:

On April 12, Dr. Raina Voss and Julia Crouch will be presenting on “Caring for Transgender Youth in Bellevue. For more information, please contact Physician Liaisons Jen Mueller at Jen.Mueller@seattlechildrens.org or Patti Kilburn at Patricia.Kilburn@seattlechildrens.org.

On April 18, Dr. Salaam Sallaam will be presenting on “Pediatric Sudden Cardiac Death” in Wenatchee. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison Kenton McAllister at Kenton.McAllister@seattlechildrens.org.

On April 26, Dr. Niviann Blondet will be presenting on “Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease” in Yakima. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison Kenton McAllister at Kenton.McAllister@seattlechildrens.org.

New Medical Staff

Medical Providers

  • Jamie Stokke, MD, Seattle Children’s, Hematology-Oncology
  • James Peacey, MD, Seattle Children’s, Psychiatry
  • Lourdes DelRosso, MD, M.Ed., Seattle Children’s, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Allied Health Professionals

  • Kelly Peterson, ARNP, Seattle Children’s, Plastic Surgery