Seattle Children's Provider News

Special Update: Reminder about the Importance of Pre-Operative COVID-19 Screening

Please help us emphasize the importance of pre-operative COVID-19 testing with patients and families.

We are experiencing some instances of families refusing COVID-19 testing that is required within 72 hours of their surgery or procedure at Seattle Children’s. This has resulted in canceled surgeries and unused surgical blocks. Families who have refused testing have generally done so because they face logistical hurdles in getting to a testing site or they believe COVID-19 is not real.

While refusals are a small percentage of our overall testing requests, we want every child to get the care they need when they need it without delay. We are also committed to the safety of our workforce. Read full post »

New Algorithm for Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is a newly recognized illness thought to be a complication of the novel coronavirus. Seattle Children’s Clinical Standard Work Pathway provides guidance on recognition, evaluation and treatment for MIS-C.

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Diagnosing Autism Via Telehealth: A Q&A With Dr. Jennifer Gerdts

Dr. Jennifer Gerdts is an attending psychologist at Seattle Children’s Autism Center and principal investigator at the Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

Why is Seattle Children’s offering autism spectrum disorder evaluations by telehealth?

Dr. Gerdts: The move to telehealth was spurred by the new restrictions on in-person visits due to COVID-19. Families already were facing an extensive waitlist for an autism diagnostic evaluation, so honestly, it crushed our soul to think about having to wait for in-person services to resume. We decided to get creative and looked around to see what evidence-based practices were out there for telehealth autism diagnostic evaluations. We really liked Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s method (TeleASDPeds instrument), which has shown to be effective in assessing younger children. We chose their method and have been very happy with it. Read full post »

Transition to Epic

On Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, Seattle Children’s will transition from using both Epic and Cerner to exclusively utilizing Epic. This change will provide one integrated system for providers, patients and families. The transition to Epic aligns with what community health systems are using in Washington state.

Currently, referring providers have access to electronic medical records via the Pediatric Health Information Network (PHIN). Additionally, providers have submitted electronic referrals via Epic (eReferral). Moving forward, providers will be able to access medical records and submit referrals in one place through EpicCare Link. Read full post »

Biofeedback at Seattle Children’s

The Biofeedback program at Seattle Children’s has produced two new videos to explain what biofeedback is and how the program works. They are ideal for both patients and providers to learn more about the therapy. “We find many patients are interested in biofeedback, but may not follow through on getting started because of anxiety about what’s involved or perhaps there is a lack of understanding of how it can help them,” says Dr. Seth Enos. “It’s a tremendously powerful therapy. We want patients and families to understand how it can help and feel encouraged to try it.” Read full post »

Anti-Racism Resources for Healthcare Professionals

The Center for Diversity and Health Equity at Seattle Children’s provides education and informational materials on its website to help healthcare professionals combat racism and promote equity in healthcare. The website currently offers:

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Deployment Schedules Online

Seattle Children’s has posted new information for community providers about the services available at our regional clinics in Everett, Federal Way and Bellevue, including a list of specialties offered and providers seeing patients at each clinic, how frequently they are there and the specific services offered.

Please note that services and schedules are subject to change.

Temporary Restrictions on Referrals to Ophthalmology

The Ophthalmology Program is temporarily instituting additional limits on referrals, as outlined in “Criteria for new patients” below. Telehealth is generally not a suitable option for eye appointments, and the new referral criteria will help us prioritize in-person appointments for patients with the most urgent needs who cannot find equivalent care in the community. Wait times at Seattle Children’s are currently about five months; patients with urgent needs will be seen in a timely manner.

To help community providers find eye care for their patients who cannot be seen here, we offer a list of optometrists and ophthalmologists throughout Washington state who see children, including, in most cases, those with disabilities or special needs. More information about referring to Ophthalmology is found on our website.

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CME Summer Series

Seattle Children’s is offering a summer series of Category 2 CME events via Webex. The next event is:

  • Tuesday, July 21, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: “Top 5 Pediatric Urological Questions from PCPs.” Dr. Kathleen Kieran will discuss the top 5 pediatric urological questions received from PCPs and review the new referral guidelines for Urology including new algorithms to assist PCPs.

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Seattle Children’s Recognized as One of the Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals

We are pleased to share that for the 28th year in a row, Seattle Children’s is recognized as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals — and the number-one pediatric hospital in the Northwest — in U.S. News & World Report. Hospitals are ranked based on outcomes and quality-related information, including success in managing patients, commitment to best practices, recognition as a Nurse Magnet hospital, active fellowship programs and the availability of specialty care. This important designation distinguishes Seattle Children’s as one of the top places in the nation providing care for children.

See more details about Seattle Children’s rankings.