Recognizing and Treating Anxiety

A Q&A With Dr. Kendra Read

Anxiety affects 30% of children and adolescents at some point in their lives. Of those, 8.3% are severely impaired by it.

Anxiety in children can be a part of normal development, but unhealthy levels of anxiety can lead to significant distress and impairment in school, social and home functioning.

Unfortunately, patients with anxiety disorders do not always receive the help they need. When they do receive treatment, it is often insufficient or not evidence based.

We spoke with Dr. Kendra Read, an attending psychologist within Seattle Children’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine department, to find out how providers can identify childhood anxiety, which treatment options are most effective and what information they should provide to parents. Read on to learn more. Read full post »

Seattle Children’s Develops End of Life and Bereavement Standard Work

Providing compassionate end of life care for children is an essential part of Seattle Children’s mission. It is also a highly emotional time for families, providers and staff. To support staff and providers in this important work, Children’s has developed an End of Life and Bereavement Pathway.  Resources available as part of this work include:

  • A clinical standard work algorithm
  • An End of Life and Bereavement care plan
  • Numerous Job Aids

We recognize and honor that every patient and family will have different needs, wishes, and goals, and as such, these resources are intended to be adapted to each individual situation.

For more information please email EoLandBereavement@seattlechildrens.orgRead full post »

Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate: Critical Elements of Care Guide now Available

Seattle Children’s partnered with the Washington State Department of Health to create the new Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate: Critical Elements of Care guide.

To learn more, check out these additional resources:

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Seattle Children’s Providing Influenza Vaccinations to Patients

Seattle Children’s is providing influenza vaccinations to inpatients and outpatients. Patients will be screened for eligibility. Seattle Children’s will also offer the vaccination to the Emergency Department and Urgent Care patients. All vaccinations given to patients are documented in the Child Profile Immunization Registry.

Seattle Children’s efforts to vaccinate patients are in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase access to the vaccine in healthcare settings.

For questions about flu vaccinations at Children’s, email Dr. Matthew Kronman, infectious diseases specialist.

Changes to PEARL Clinic Referrals

The Seattle Children’s Program to Enhance Attention, Regulation and Learning (PEARL) for ADHD is now accepting limited patients. Our demand continues to exceed supply and as our community partners we want to inform you of changes to our referral process.

Moving forward, all referrals to the PEARL clinic need to include a Vanderbilt Assessment completed within the last 3 months by both the patient’s caregiver and teacher along with the top three reasons for referral. Our goal is to see your patients within 4 months of referral to provide specialized evaluation and treatment services.

Learn more at SeattleChildrens.org. Read full post »

Treating First-Time Traumatic Shoulder Dislocation

A Q&A With Dr. Michael Saper

Dr. Michael Saper

While some pediatric and adolescent patients with shoulder instability will improve with physical therapy, research has shown that patients with a traumatic first-time dislocation may benefit from early surgery.

We asked pediatric orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Michael Saper to describe how patients with a shoulder dislocation benefit from being treated at Seattle Children’s.

Should patients with a first-time traumatic shoulder dislocation have surgery?

Research has shown that in adolescent patients, having stabilizing surgery after a traumatic first-time dislocation is more cost-effective and leads to lower recurrence, higher function and less shoulder arthritis. Furthermore, repeated dislocations can make surgical stabilization more difficult, more invasive and less successful.

After a shoulder dislocation, patients and their families will benefit from a consultation with the Children’s surgical sports medicine team to discuss this option. However, surgical decision making is individualized to each patient, and not every patient is an appropriate candidate for arthroscopic surgery. Read full post »

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to share with you the following information on T-Cell Immunotherapy at Seattle Children’s. For more information visit www.seattlechildrens.org/t-cell-trials

Patient Medical Record Pick-Up Location Now at 70th and Sand Point Way

The location where patients and patient-families go to pick-up medical records in person has changed. Patient-families who request to pick-up medical records in-person will now have to go to the new Health Information Management (HIM) office at the 70th and Sand Point Way Administrative Building located at 6901 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle WA 98115.

Please note the medical record request process is not changing, only the location where physical copies can be picked up or record request paperwork can be dropped off. For more information on how to request medical records, visit the Health Information Management and Medical Records Requests page on Seattle Children’s website or call 206-987-2173. HIM office hours remain the same in their new location at 70th and SPW, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Seattle Children’s Switches to PowerShare Medical Image Upload

While Seattle Children’s previously used a radiology service called eMix, we recently transitioned to PowerShare Medical Image Upload.

PowerShare offers providers and patients a way to securely load medical images directly into Children’s systems. This new system allows providers and patients access to upload medical images directly, helps improve patient care and reduces dependencies on CDs and DVDs.

Visit Seattle Children’s radiology website to learn more. Read full post »

RheumBa! Pediatric Rheumatology Basics for Primary Care Providers

Saturday, Oct. 13, Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s 

This highly practical course is designed to enable primary care providers to develop skills in differential diagnoses for a wide variety of rheumatologic conditions in children who present in their office setting.

Learn more in the event brochure and register onlineRead full post »