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Update about Aspergillus in Our Operating Rooms

We are very sorry for the impact the air quality issues and closure of our operating rooms has had on our patients, families, and community partners. Providing safe, quality care is our most important responsibility at Seattle Children’s and we are all committed to doing what is right to keep our patients safe. Thanks to community partners like you, we are able to uphold our commitment and continue delivering care to patients across our region.

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Seattle Children’s Team to Accompany Newborns on Airlift

Airlift Northwest and Seattle Children’s are collaborating to further enhance the care available to our region’s most fragile neonatal patients. Starting July 15, 2019, Seattle Children’s Pediatric Neonatal Critical Care Transport Service team members (RN and RT) will accompany Airlift Northwest staff and help provide clinical care on flights transporting neonatal patients between hospitals.

“By combining the expertise of the long-standing critical care flight program at Airlift Northwest with Seattle Children’s Neonatal Critical Care Team, we will be bringing the best of both programs to the patient bedside,” says Dr. Jessica Wall, assistant pediatric medical director of Airlift Northwest and clinical assistant professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “That means better outcomes for our pediatric patients in Western Washington and beyond.” Read full post »

High Demand for New Mental Health Referral Service

The Washington Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens has doubled its staff from two to four and is planning to add another referral specialist during the school year. The move comes in response to high and growing demand for the free, telephone-based referral service that officially launched in April. Referrals have jumped from 67 in April to 108 in June.

The service is designed for children and teens 17 and younger from across Washington, connecting families with evidence-supported outpatient mental health services in the community. Families receive a custom referral to meet their individual location, insurance and the mental health needs of their child. Referral specialists call local mental health providers to verify their availability before making a referral to the family and then coach the family to contact the provider as soon as possible to secure the appointment. More than half of all families (58%) who responded to a post-referral survey reported success in getting their child in to see a mental health specialist.

The Washington Healthcare Authority funds the referral service, and Seattle Children’s operates it. It works closely with the existing Partnership Access Line (PAL) mental health consult line at Seattle Children’s. Read full post »

Seattle Children’s Is Growing: Three New Buildings by 2022

Seattle Children’s Is Growing  

Seattle Children’s is moving forward with three major construction projects to expand its clinical capacity and research facilities around Seattle and improve access to care for all patients.

  • Building Care: new clinical space at the hospital campus
  • Building Cure: a downtown Seattle research facility
  • OBCC Othello: a second Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in southeast Seattle

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Bowel Management Treatment Program: Aug. 14 Webinar for Providers

Seattle Children’s is hosting a webinar on our Bowel Management Treatment Program. If you have patients who can’t control their bowels even after standard interventions, join us on Aug. 14 to learn about our one-week program. It serves patients ages 3 to 21 who:

  • Never succeeded at potty training and are still having accidents regularly
  • Experience repeated urinary tract infections (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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Nationwide Recall of Medicines From Torrent Pharma

Seattle Children’s is participating in a voluntary nationwide recall of several over-the-counter medications manufactured by Torrent Pharma, Inc. The manufacturer has not received any reports of harmful events related to this recall. The risk to patients is judged to be extremely low, and Seattle Children’s has found no evidence of harm to patients. It has notified all providers whose patients received the medications at Seattle Children’s.

Which medicines are included in the recall?

The recall affects medicines that were given to patients between January 2017 and May 2019 and includes:

  • Bisacodyl suppository
  • Diphenhydramine liquid
  • Guaifenesin liquid
  • Oxymetazoline nasal spray
  • Pseudoephedrine liquid

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Update on the July 8-10 Inpatient Unit Measles Exposure

What Do I Need to Know?

A nurse who works in one of our River inpatient units has tested positive for measles, and was potentially contagious while working night shifts on Monday, July 8, Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 10. The nurse was exposed while caring for a patient who had tested positive for measles. The nurse was fully vaccinated and used appropriate personal protective equipment; the patient was in appropriate isolation. As part of our standard process, we reported the event to King County Public Health.

King County Department of Health reports that measles is preventable with the safe and highly effective MMR vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two doses of the MMR vaccine are more than 95% effective in preventing measles and that protection is long lasting.

If your patient or family has a concern regarding measles, please direct them to visit the King County Public Health website. This is also an excellent resource for you and your staff if you have questions.

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Update on the June 22, 25, 26 Emergency Department Measles Exposure

What Do I Need to Know?

A patient who arrived at our Emergency Department (ED) on June 22, June 25 and June 26 has tested positive for measles. During each visit, ED staff members followed the appropriate screening processes but the patient’s symptoms did not suggest measles until their third visit on June 26. Immediately, we implemented infection control procedures, which include isolating the patient and their family. As part of our standard process, we reported the event to King County Public Health.

If your patient or family has a concern regarding measles please direct them to visit the King County Public Health website at kingcounty.gov/measles. This is also an excellent resource for you and your staff if you have questions.

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Seattle Children’s Ranks Among Top 10 Nationwide (U.S. News & World Report)

In June, U.S. News & World Report named Seattle Children’s to its Honor Roll of the nation’s 10 best children’s hospitals, out of nearly 200 pediatric hospitals evaluated. Seattle Children’s is the top-ranked pediatric facility in the Northwest and ranks in the top 20 for all 10 of the individual specialty areas that U.S. News & World Report evaluates. It is the only pediatric medical center in Washington to be ranked.

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June 22, 25, 26 Emergency Department Measles Exposure

A patient who arrived at our Emergency Department (ED) on June 22, June 25 and June 26 has tested positive for measles. During each visit, ED staff members followed the appropriate screening processes but the patient’s symptoms did not suggest measles until their third visit on June 26. Immediately, we implemented infection control procedures, which include isolating the patient and their family. As part of our standard process, we reported the event to King County Public Health.

What do I need to know?

We are currently contacting the families of patients who may have been exposed, providing information about exposure dates and disease symptoms. If your patient or family has a concern, please direct them to visit the King County Public Health website at kingcounty.gov/measles.