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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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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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New Program Offered Through Seattle Children’s Connects Families to Local Mental Health Providers

Growing demand for child and adolescent mental health care is, unfortunately, coupled with a severe shortage of providers. Families, especially those in rural and semi-rural areas, routinely face long waits to see a local provider or long drives to an out-of-area provider, or simply go without care.

To help, Seattle Children’s in March began partnering with Washington state on a new referral service. Washington’s Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens connects families to licensed providers in their local area with current availability who fit a child’s mental health needs and insurance coverage. Washington Healthcare Authority funds the referral service, and Seattle Children’s operates it.

The free, telephone-based referral service works closely with the existing Partnership Access Line (PAL) mental health consult line at Seattle Children’s. We make referrals for children and teens 17 and younger from across Washington, connecting families with evidence-supported outpatient mental health services in their community.

How to Access Washington’s Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens

Families can call 833-303-5437, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time, to connect with a referral specialist.

  • We will ask your patient for information including their mental health needs, location and health insurance plan.
  • Within 7 business days, a referral specialist will call and email the family with at least 2 providers who fit their needs and have openings.
  • We’ll also fax the referral suggestions to you.
  • Within 2 weeks, we’ll follow up with your patient’s family to see if they were able to make an appointment and provide further assistance if needed.

Or, as part of a PAL consultation call, primary care providers can request that we connect your patient with mental health providers in their local area who can meet their needs. We will ask about your patient’s needs, location and health insurance plan. We will follow up with the family to complete the intake process.

For complete information, including how the referral service identifies providers and what therapies providers offer, click here.

New Clinical Standard Work Pathway for Suicide

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in children and adolescents ages 10 to 24. Screening for suicide is now a requirement of hospital accreditation organizations DNV Healthcare and The Joint Commission.

In March 2019 Seattle Children’s began universal, standardized suicide risk screening and triage for patients ages 10 and older who are seen in our Emergency Department (nonacute) or admitted as an inpatient. Read more about Seattle Children’s Zero Suicide Initiative Pathway.

For questions about this Pathway, please email ZeroSuicideInitiativePathway@seattlechildrens.org.

Emergency or Urgent Care? Guide Available for Referring Providers

Seattle Children’s Emergency or Urgent Care Referral Guide (PDF) helps providers determine whether to refer a patient to Seattle Children’s Emergency Department or to one of our Urgent Care Clinics, and includes diagnostics, pharmacy and staffing information.

To refer a patient to Seattle Children’s Emergency Department or an Urgent Care Clinic, call the Communications Center at 206-987-8899.

Reminder: Seattle Children’s Addresses High Census Opportunities

Seattle Children’s is experiencing higher inpatient and ICU daily census than we have in previous years.

As the respiratory season and high-volume admission time continues, our goal is to prioritize our hospital’s inpatient capacity for children who can only receive care at Children’s, such as our transplant, oncology and children with complex chronic medical conditions.

Last year, during viral season, we diverted a significant number of patients without a comprehensive plan. This year, we began planning early to manage anticipated capacity concerns.

New pathways are in development for previously healthy children with acute illness — such as asthma, bronchiolitis and croup — who may benefit from longer observation in the Emergency Department (ED) to avoid the need for admission.

We recognize this will affect a small portion of our acutely ill patients, may result in longer ED stays and less ED capacity for incoming patients, and will return patients to the community, and your practice, who have a higher level of illness than were discharged in the past.

To assist with this process, Children’s is adding care coordination resources to arrange next-day follow up with the patient’s primary care provider/team (preferred, when available), a visit in urgent care for minor issues, a telemedicine visit in their home or a return to the ED.

When Children’s does not have capacity for all the children who need admission, patients with routine pediatric issues will be directed to local hospitals, taking the patient’s diagnosis and residence into consideration. If you have preferences in these locations, it would be helpful to let us know.

Thank you for your partnership during this time. Please send your feedback to Ruth McDonald, Vice President, Associate Chief Medical Officer.