Information about Aspergillus

During a recent air test at Seattle Children’s main campus hospital, we found Aspergillus in some of Seattle Children’s operating rooms and equipment storage rooms. Aspergillus is a common type of mold found in the environment and the air we breathe, both indoors and outside. In most cases, it does not cause health problems. However, in rare instances Aspergillus can cause complications for surgical patients, especially those whose immune systems are compromised.

Patient safety is our priority, and the affected operating rooms are closed as we work with outside experts to identify and fix the issues. We have postponed or diverted some non-emergent surgeries. We also have reported the situation to the Washington State Department of Health.

We are sorry and disappointed this happened. We are committed to caring for any patient who may be adversely impacted and want to assure you that we are taking remedial steps identified by external experts to address the situation.

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The Latest in Pediatric Cranial Base Surgery: A Q&A With Dr. Randall Bly

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Randall Bly

What are cranial base diagnoses?

Dr. Randall Bly, principal investigator, Seattle Children’s: These are diagnoses of tumors or other lesions in the middle of the head. The cranial base is also sometimes called the skull base. Diagnoses can include nasal dermoids, orbital tumors, cholesterol granulomas, craniopharyngiomas, schwannomas, paranasal sinus tumors, pituitary adenomas, inverted papillomas, neurofibromas, angiofibromas, glomus tumors, esthesioneuroblastomas and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks.

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New CSW Pathway for Sacral Dimples, Closed Spinal Dysraphism and Tethered Spinal Cord

A new clinical standard work (CSW) pathway focuses on the experience of patients with sacral dimples referred to the Neurosurgery or Neurodevelopment clinic. The pathway identifies a consistent process for the many patient visits and interactions regarding referral, diagnosis and preop and postop management.  Representatives from Urology and Radiology Anesthesia assisted in the creation of this pathway.

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PALS Provider Course for Physicians and Advanced Practitioners: Sept. 6

Seattle Children’s Outreach Education is offering a one-day PALS Provider Course for Physicians and Advanced Practitioners on Friday, September 6, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Register here. The course offers morning practice with intra-osseous vascular access, respiratory emergency management, cardiac electricity skills and high-quality Basic Life Support (BLS) skills.

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15th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference is July 19 to 20 in Seattle

2019 Pediatric Bioethics ConferenceThe 15th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference will be held July 19 to 20 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center on the Seattle waterfront. The conference is sponsored by Seattle Children’s Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics. This year’s theme is “Defining Moments in Pediatric Bioethics: Future Insights From Past Controversies.” Join a distinguished group of bioethicists for challenging and illuminating presentations and discussions exploring the complex questions this topic raises. Early-registration pricing ends June 14.

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Recent Study Points to Success of Electronic Health Screening Tool

Adolescent patients who received an electronic health screening tool prior to their primary care checkup were more likely to their reduce risky behaviors, according to a recent study of 300 adolescents. The screening tool used in the study was designed to also provide motivational feedback directly to the teens. Those who were given the electronic screening tool were more likely to report that their doctor counseled them about their risk behaviors and more likely to reduce those behaviors three months later, according to Dr. Cari McCarty, investigator with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and a research professor at the University of Washington, who participated in the study.

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Cancer Research: CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy Trials Showing Promise

Children and young adults with a range of different childhood cancers are finding new hope in chimeric antigen receptor cell (CAR T-cell) trials offered at Seattle Children’s. CAR T-cell immunotherapy is one of the most promising experimental cancer therapies of our time. The ongoing clinical trials in Seattle were developed at Seattle Children’s Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research and Immunotherapy Integration Hub and represent the most comprehensive CAR T-cell immunotherapy program for pediatric patients anywhere, treating more types of childhood cancers using CAR T-cell therapies than any other facility worldwide.

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Find Clinical Trials at Seattle Children’s

Dozens of clinical trials are underway at Seattle Children’s at any given time. Find a list of trials and further details on our website. Research topics include ADHD, asthma, cancer, diabetes, migraines, early-onset scoliosis, weight management and many more. Read full post »

Know the Signs of Human Trafficking

More than 87% of sex trafficking victims say they had some contact with healthcare workers while they were being trafficked. That and other alarming statistics were shared by a new trafficking work group recently formed at Seattle Children’s to raise awareness among staff about this issue and share tips for helping people being trafficked.

Human trafficking doesn’t always look like what you expect. It can be a new immigrant with limited language skills, as many people know; but it can also be a young American mom who needs food, a safe place to stay and diapers for her children. Trafficking survivor Kyra Doubek told Children’s employees during a recent presentation that she was a trafficking victim years ago at age 18 when she brought in her infant son for hernia surgery, with her trafficker. No one at the hospital recognized her situation. “The trafficked person could be anybody who comes into your hospital,” Kyra says. “You’d be surprised at who might need help.”

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New Medical Staff and Grand Rounds: June 2019

Medical Providers:

  • Jeanne Krick, MD, Seattle Children’s, Neonatology
  • Vikas O’Reilly-Shah, MD, PhD, Seattle Children’s, General Anesthesia
  • Desiree Roge, MD, Seattle Children’s, Rehabilitation


Allied Health Professionals:

  • Marit Featherstone, ARNP, Seattle Children’s, Adolescent Medicine
  • Katherine Golden, ARNP, MPH, Seattle Children’s, Urology
  • Mary Swenson, CRNA, Seattle Children’s, General Anesthesia
  • Christopher Tremonti, PA-C, Seattle Children’s, Orthopedics

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