Announcements

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COVID Testing Reminder: No Walk-Up Testing

Reminder: There is no walk-up testing available at Seattle Children’s for COVID-19. If your patient needs COVID-19 testing, please submit an order first and ask your family to call us to schedule a lab appointment at one of our Urgent Care locations (Seattle, Everett, Federal Way and Bellevue,) or our drive-through testing center at Sand Point Learning Center.

We have had a number of families arrive at Urgent Care requesting a COVID-19 test without an appointment or order from their provider.

Please see our COVID-19 testing page for more details. Thank you for your partnership in helping families in our region get tested.

eReferral is Changing Its Name to EpicCare Link

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 5, Seattle Children’s is changing the name of eReferral to EpicCare Link. Users may notice this difference when they log on. At this time, only the name is changing; providers will still access and use the platform the same way as before. The change is part of Seattle Children’s larger transition to Epic, which is scheduled to take place in October 2020.

For more information, read our July 2020 announcement about our Transition to Epic.

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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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 »

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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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.

Seattle Children’s Locations Are Open and Seeing Patients: ED and Urgent Cares Have Capacity

Seattle Children’s is increasing in-person appointments and is ready to see your patients. To partner with and support PCPs, we are continuing to update our referral guidelines and resources including many new algorithms to help assess and manage patients’ conditions. Learn more.

Our Capacity

  • ALL Seattle Children’s locations are open for in-person appointments, with just two exceptions: Outpatient Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Clinic at Overlake and South Sound Cardiology (SSC) in Centralia are still temporarily closed (SSC Federal Way, Silverdale and Tacoma are open).
  • We are returning to normal ambulatory volumes. We expect to be back to 80+% of our normal ambulatory volumes by the end of June and hope to further expand capacity in the following months.
  • Our Urgent Cares are open and have capacity, both for appointments and COVID-19 testing. Patients can schedule an appointment online or just walk in.
  • We are encouraging families to get the care they need, either in-person or through telehealth appointments. We are proactively contacting families to schedule new and follow-up visits, but also encourage families to contact us to schedule since we often are unable to reach them.

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