Announcements

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COVID/Capacity update

We Anticipate a Strong Surge in COVID-19 Infections and Respiratory Viruses as Kids Return to School This Year

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Future Changes to our Provider-to-Provider Line (“Q7” Line)

To continue to improve access and patient care, we anticipate making some changes to the Provider-to-Provider Line (“Q7” line) in early 2023. Please be assured the line is not going away; we recognize its importance to our community. Our goal is to meet the needs of our referring provider community while alleviating the strain the Q7 line places on our specialties, which field high call volumes. Any changes we make will be based on input we gather from community providers and Seattle Children’s providers.

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Walk-In X-Rays Are Now Available

We are pleased to announce X-rays at Seattle Children’s are now provided as a walk-in service. No scheduled appointment is necessary. To refer your patient, fax the Radiology Exam Request Form to 206-985-3128, send the original form with the patient or use EpicCare Link (the latter eliminates the risk of sending an order to the wrong fax number and avoids delays due to potential network errors).

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Referral News: Changes for Ophthalmology and Obesity

Ophthalmology Opens Referrals to More Types of Patients

Due to capacity improvements, Ophthalmology has made recent changes to its referral guidelines to see more types of patients. As of August 2022:

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Upcoming Epilepsy Symposium, and Top Five Reasons to Refer Your Epilepsy Patient to Seattle Children’s

Epilepsy Symposium on September 17

Seattle Children’s will host an Epilepsy Symposium, “Improving Pediatric Epilepsy Outcomes: Advances in Diagnosis, Management and Treatment,” on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Sand Point Learning Center in Seattle. More than a dozen doctors from our Epilepsy Program will discuss best practices and novel approaches to managing and treating epilepsy in children and teens.

The symposium is open to doctors, advanced practice providers and other medical professionals who care for pediatric patients with epilepsy. If you know parents or caregivers who may be interested, the symposium is open to them also. See the flyer.

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Seattle Children’s Expands Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Outpatient Services in a New State-of-the-Art Clinic Space

Beginning in fall 2022, pediatric, adolescent and young adult patients with cancer and blood disorders in the greater Pacific Northwest will be cared for at a new state-of-the-art facility specifically designed for transformative, patient-centered care.

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COVID-19 and Capacity Updates

Regional Capacity Situation Update

  • Hospitals across the state have been reporting high occupancy for several months. Most major systems are well over 100% inpatient & ICU capacity.   The region is also seeing high sustained PICU census.
  • Hospitals serving adults are the most impacted and are reporting extreme levels of Emergency Department boarding and use of auxiliary spaces such as conference rooms for patient care.
  • Staffing constraints at many hospitals are further impacting bed availability.
  • Following sustained high transmission of COVID-19 in our region, we are finally seeing a plateau in transmission.

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Washington’s Free Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens: Update on Wait Times for Families and BIPOC Provider Access

Washington’s free referral service connecting kids with mental health therapists has expanded this year to meet rising demand. With new state funding, Washington’s Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens this summer added two referral specialists and an intake coordinator.

Wait times: Currently, the service is able to schedule an intake call for families with Medicaid within a few days to a week of the initial request. Privately insured families typically will have an intake appointment within two weeks. Times are subject to change.

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Grand Rounds

Provider Grand Rounds

Year-round on Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. Learn more.

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COVID-19 and Capacity Updates

Update on Emergency Department and Hospital Capacity

  • Seattle Children’s continues to experience very high census and significant capacity constraints in the Emergency Department and inpatient areas.
  • The recent closure of Fairfax Behavioral Health and decision by Providence Everett to close its pediatric beds to make space for adult patients have further constrained our hospital capacity.
  • Last Friday, July 1, the hospital moved to contingency status for staffing. Contingency falls under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Disaster Planning guidelines and is part of a continuum that ranges from “conventional” to “contingency,” and, finally, “crisis.” Moving to contingency means that the workspaces, staff and/or supplies used are not consistent with daily practices but maintain or have minimal impact on usual patient care processes.
  • We continue to run under a disaster incident command structure to rapidly manage issues and ensure safe care for the patients that need us.
  • Our region is reporting that most hospitals are over 100% capacity and some are reporting their highest occupancy ever. This is resulting in rural critical access hospitals (those without critical care capabilities) frequently boarding critically ill patients in their Emergency Departments for prolonged periods of time. It is also stressing the EMS system and impacting 911 response times in certain areas of the state.
  • It is imperative that our provider colleagues manage patients in primary care whenever possible and appropriate. If sending patient to the Seattle Children’s ED, please call our Communications Center at 206-987-8899 first. This will help us to manage and plan for necessary space and staffing. Please also inform the family we will see them as soon as we can but there is likely to be a wait.
  • See our Emergency or Urgent Care Referral Guide.

COVID-19 Vaccination for Children Ages 6 Months to 4 Years Old

Seattle Children’s is now able to offer COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 6 months to 4 years (under 5 years old) based on approvals last month from the CDC, Washington State Department of Health and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.

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