Announcements

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New Referral Guidelines for GI, Genetics and Endocrinology

Seattle Children’s has released new referral guidelines for Gastroenterology, Endocrinology and Genetics — specialty clinics with access challenges and longer wait times for new patient appointments. Each clinic is open to new referrals.

The new guidelines are designed to improve new patients’ timely access to specialty care while redirecting patients who do not require specialty care to their medical home and primary care provider (PCP), along with resources for PCPs to assist them in managing their patients’ care.

View the new referral guidelines on the “Refer a Patient” pages for:

View the printable PDF flyers summarizing the referral guidelines changes:

Referral guidelines for other specialty clinics will be updated and posted on their “Refer a Patient” webpages as they become available. Read full post »

Change to Diabetes Program and Referral Process

Seattle Children’s is changing the Diabetes intake and patient education protocol for newly diagnosed and otherwise healthy diabetes patients from a two- to three-day inpatient hospital stay to a two-day outpatient education program. Referral instructions have also changed and will require additional lab/test results to be provided before scheduling. Visit the Endocrinology and Diabetes “Refer a Patient” page to learn more about the new Diabetes outpatient education program, what tests and labs are now required before making a referral and more details on how to refer a patient for diabetes.

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Seattle Children’s Providing Influenza Vaccinations to Patients

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

We will also provide flu shot vouchers to patients’ family members and household contacts age three and older during patient visits and stays; the vouchers can be used at any Bartell Drugs with no out-of-pocket cost (Bartell will bill family members’ insurance, if available, and charge any remaining balance to Seattle Children’s). This year, the vouchers will also be accepted at Samy’s Health Mart in Olympia and Rx Pharmacy in Richland, with no out-of-pocket cost. Family members and household contacts 6 months to 35 months old will need to get their flu vaccine at their primary care provider’s office.

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 Seattle Children’s, email Dr. Matthew Kronman, infectious diseases specialist.

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Grand Rounds at Seattle Children’s

Join us Thursday mornings from 8 to 9 a.m. for presentations by pediatric healthcare experts. All are welcome at this weekly free Category 1 CME event. Location: Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s. Or watch the live webcast.

Oct. 3, 2019: Responding to Parental Requests for Potentially Non-Beneficial Treatment. Treuman Katz Ethics Lecture. Robert Macauley, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM; Professor of Pediatrics School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University.

Oct. 10, 2019: Kawasaki Disease: Mistakes I Have Made. Jane Burns, MD; Professor and Director of Kawasaki Disease Research Center, Dept. of Pediatrics, UC San Diego.

Oct. 17, 2019: Treatment for Pediatric Brain Tumors in the Genomic Era. Ron Chard Clinical Oncology Lecture. Maryam Fouladi, MD, MSc, FRCPC; Professor, University of Cincinnati, Department of Pediatrics; Medical Director, Brain Tumor Center; Marjory J. Johnson Chair, Brain Tumor Translational Research, Cincinnati Children’s.

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Treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease Through Diet

Presentations by Dr. David Suskind and Dr. Dale Lee of Seattle Children’s IBD Center at this year’s Nutrition Symposium on the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) are now available to view online. There is mounting evidence that certain nutritional therapies, including SCD, can reduce inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) inflammation and promote healing of the intestinal mucosa in children. The IBD Center at Seattle Children’s is a leader in offering these nutritional therapies that are not found everywhere.

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Updated Clinical Standard Work Pathway for Febrile Seizure

Seattle Children’s has released an updated clinical standard work (CSW) pathway for febrile seizure. The pathway is intended to improve the safety and quality of care for children with a simple or complex febrile seizure. It identifies interventions that are not necessary for a child who is well-appearing and describes the small subset of children who need further evaluation. For questions or concerns, contact the Seattle Children’s Seizure Pathway team.

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Update on Hernia Surgery at Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hernia Program has adopted 16 years old as the age at which our pediatric patients with hernias will be referred to an adult surgery provider, if they need surgery. Adult surgery providers use treatments that are different from those used in young children and are more appropriate for youth 16 and older. Children 15 and younger will still have hernia surgery at Seattle Children’s. Our providers will continue to see patients for hernia diagnosis and evaluation all the way up to age 18.

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Bowel Management Treatment Program: Webinar for Providers

If you have patients who can’t control their bowels even after standard interventions, join Seattle Children’s webinar for providers on Aug. 14 to learn about our nationally known Bowel Management Treatment Program. The 1-week program serves patients ages 3-21 who:

  • Never succeeded at potty training and are still having accidents regularly
  • Experience repeated UTIs and tummy aches due to ongoing constipation
  • Have had pelvic reconstruction surgery and still experience incontinence
  • Have Hirschsprung disease or anorectal malformations and still
    experience incontinence
  • Have no known condition but have failed to improve with standard well-child
    constipation management strategies

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Grand Rounds Topics: Azithromycin, FASD, Genome Editing, and the Common Cold

Join us Thursday mornings from 8 to 9 a.m. for presentations by pediatric healthcare experts. All are welcome at this weekly free Category 1 CME event. Location: Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s. Or watch the live Webcast.

July 4, 2019 – Holiday (no session)

July 11, 2019Azithromycin: From Middle Earth and Beyond. Rasa Izadnegahdar, MD, MPH;
Deputy Director and Co-Leader of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Discovery and Tools Portfolio, Global Health Division, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Hospital Medicine, Seattle Children’s.

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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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