All Articles in the Category ‘Announcements’

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:

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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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High Patient Surge Strains Hospital and Emergency Department: How You Can Help

After a dip in census over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Emergency Department (ED) and the hospital had a high surge of patients on Monday, November 29. The ED was at 200% capacity Monday evening with a mental health surge of 16 patients (40% of the normal ED bed capacity).

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COVID-19 Update on Boosters and Referrals for Antibody Infusion

Boosters Now Available at Main Campus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has removed qualifying criteria to expand who can get the COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for extended immunity. Seattle Children’s now is able to administer booster doses under an emergency use authorization to any individual who is 18 years and older and has:

  • Received two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago
  • Received the single-dose Janssen vaccine at least two months ago

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