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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.

Recent Study Points to Success of Electronic Health Screening Tool

Adolescent patients who received an electronic health screening tool prior to their primary care checkup were more likely to their reduce risky behaviors, according to a recent study of 300 adolescents. The screening tool used in the study was designed to also provide motivational feedback directly to the teens. Those who were given the electronic screening tool were more likely to report that their doctor counseled them about their risk behaviors and more likely to reduce those behaviors three months later, according to Dr. Cari McCarty, investigator with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and a research professor at the University of Washington, who participated in the study.

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Cancer Research: CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy Trials Showing Promise

Children and young adults with a range of different childhood cancers are finding new hope in chimeric antigen receptor cell (CAR T-cell) trials offered at Seattle Children’s. CAR T-cell immunotherapy is one of the most promising experimental cancer therapies of our time. The ongoing clinical trials in Seattle were developed at Seattle Children’s Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research and Immunotherapy Integration Hub and represent the most comprehensive CAR T-cell immunotherapy program for pediatric patients anywhere, treating more types of childhood cancers using CAR T-cell therapies than any other facility worldwide.

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New at South Clinic: Expanded IBD Services

Seattle Children’s South Clinic in Federal Way recently expanded its IBD Center to offer the same full array of services available at Seattle Children’s main hospital in Seattle, with the exception of surgery.

South Sound residents now have convenient access to a dedicated infusion center with private rooms (including rapid infusion), intestinal ultrasound and X-rays and blood draws in the laboratory. The IBD team serving South Clinic includes GI physician Dr. Namita Singh, dietitians and social workers. Patients will soon also be able to have a telemedicine visit with a clinical psychologist. There is currently capacity at the South Clinic’s IBD Center to serve new families.

Provider-to-Provider consultation line: 206-987-7777 or 877-985-4637, option 4 (toll free)

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New at North Clinic: Comprehensive Laser Dermatology Services

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Deepti Gupta

Dr. Deepti Gupta is now offering a full range of dermatology laser services at our North Clinic in Everett, making it easier for families in the North Puget Sound region to receive skin treatments close to home rather than traveling to Seattle.

North Clinic services now include pulse dye laser 595 nm, treating hemangiomas, keloids, scars, spider angiomas, port wine stains, capillary malformations, striae distensae (stretch marks), telangiectasias, warts and more, and Nd-Yag multi nm, Alexandrite 755 nm and CO2 10,600 nm, treating café au lait macules, epidermal nevi, hirsutism/hypertrichosis, Neva of Ota, scars, keloids, venous malformations and vascular malformations. The North Clinic also provides Botox injections for hyperhidrosis, and in early summer will begin offering in-office excisions.

Provider-to-Provider consultation line: 206-987-7777 or 877-985-4637, option 4 (toll free)

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Seattle Children’s Bowel Management Treatment Program Supports Kids Experiencing Incontinence

Seattle Children’s encourages area providers with patients who are unable to control their bowels after standard interventions to consider the Bowel Management Treatment Program. Space is available for this one-week intensive program that is held several times a year at Seattle Children’s main campus. Providers can refer patients or request a provider-to-provider consult by calling 206-987-1240 (option 4). Families can also self-refer.

We also invite area healthcare providers to recommend the same patients to check out the national Youth Rally Camp being held in Seattle this year from July 8 to July 13.

Seattle Children’s Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine (RPM) Program, a national leader in caring for children with a range of colorectal and other problems of the pelvic area, was recently recognized in a Pediatrics Nationwide article for being one of the few programs in the United States to offer the type of comprehensive and integrated program that best serves patients. Dr. Caitlin Smith and Dr. Paul Merguerian are co-directors of the program.

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