Announcements

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Grand Rounds: February and March 2022

Provider Grand Rounds

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

  • February 3, 2022: Acupuncture for Pain in Pediatrics: A Promising Non-Pharmacologic Therapy. Klavano Holistic Care Lecture. Shiu Lin Tsai, MD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics in Emergency Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center.

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Referral Backlog Reduced to 24 to 36 Hours

Seattle Children’s has been able to significantly reduce the referral backlog that has slowed our intake process over the last two months. We are now taking 24 to 36 hours to process incoming referrals (which means to finalize them and put them in the queue) – down from 2 to 3 days earlier in January. They are triaged and scheduled after that.  The backlog in referrals originated with unanticipated staffing shortages in our clinical intake team in December. We are continuing to train and onboard new staff to ensure prompt attention to all provider referrals. Thank you for your patience.

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Seattle Children’s announces temporary suspension of COVID-19 testing for the community

Due to a shortage of testing reagents combined with a surge in demand for testing, we must temporarily decrease the number of COVID-19 tests administered at Seattle Children’s.  We have temporarily suspended COVID-19 testing for the community.  Effective immediately, we are not accepting referrals from primary care providers for COVID-19 testing.

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An Update on COVID-19 and Our Hospital Capacity

Seattle Children’s system-wide number of positive COVID-19 swabs has been approximately doubling every week for the past four weeks and is about three times higher than any other time in the pandemic. Not only are the raw numbers increasing but our positivity rate has gone from about 2% a few weeks ago to nearly 20% last week.

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Progress Update on Seattle Children’s Anti-Racism Work

A message from Seattle Children’s Executive Leadership Team

On December 9, 2021, Seattle Children’s released the first quarterly progress report on our Health Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan. The quarterly report is part of Seattle Children’s commitment to accountability as we systematically dismantle racism within the organization. There are eight recommendations in the action plan, each with action working towards a desired outcome.

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Grand Rounds: January 2022

Provider Grand Rounds

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

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New Referral Guidelines and/or Algorithms for Diabetes, Eating Disorders, Urology, Otolaryngology and Gastroenterology

Diabetes: Please Call Us When Referring New Patients With Type 1 or 2

When referring patients who are newly diagnosed with diabetes, either type 1 or 2, we ask that you please call our Provider-to-Provider Line at 206-987-7777 to speak with the endocrinologist on call.

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Learn About Caring for Gender-Diverse Youth Via Our New Telementoring Program for Providers

Gender-diverse patients face significant barriers to receiving adequate healthcare. A new Project ECHO* program from Seattle Children’s aims to increase participants’ knowledge and self-efficacy regarding best-practice care for gender-diverse youth to improve their healthcare experiences and improve access to gender-affirming care. The program is being created and led by Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic team.

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A Message From Our Gender Clinic

We would like to share some new educational resources for primary care providers from the Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic. These can all be found on our website: https://www.seattlechildrens.org/clinics/gender-clinic/education-resources-healthcare-professionals/

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When Bone Pain Isn’t What You Think

Each year Seattle Children’s Rheumatology program treats several hundred patients who have chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO), also known as chronic nonbacterial osteomyelitis (CNO).

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