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Upcoming Epilepsy Symposium, and Top Five Reasons to Refer Your Epilepsy Patient to Seattle Children’s

Epilepsy Symposium on September 17

Seattle Children’s will host an Epilepsy Symposium, “Improving Pediatric Epilepsy Outcomes: Advances in Diagnosis, Management and Treatment,” on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Sand Point Learning Center in Seattle. More than a dozen doctors from our Epilepsy Program will discuss best practices and novel approaches to managing and treating epilepsy in children and teens.

The symposium is open to doctors, advanced practice providers and other medical professionals who care for pediatric patients with epilepsy. If you know parents or caregivers who may be interested, the symposium is open to them also. See the flyer.

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Choosing the Right Transport Team

When a baby or young child needs to be transported to Seattle Children’s from another care facility, their referring provider may choose the closest available transport option without considering if its ambulance is specifically equipped to safely handle the smallest patients. Chris Baker, a site surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, as well as the clinical manager of Seattle Children’s Critical Care Transport, says, “If you’re going to a specialty hospital, it really makes sense to send a specialty team.”

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First Seizure: Understanding Next Steps for Patients and Families

Around 1 in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime. Not every person who has a seizure goes on to develop a seizure disorder; sometimes it’s an isolated event. But even if a child only has a single seizure in their lifetime, it can be extraordinarily alarming for them and their family. “I have had families describe the experience as frightening, confusing, or even traumatizing,” says Dr. Priya Monrad, pediatric epileptologist and director of Inpatient Neurosciences at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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New Referral Algorithms for Syncope and Dizziness

Seattle Children’s has created two new algorithms to assist community providers who are referring their patients with syncope or dizziness. Patients may be referred to Neurology, Cardiology or Otolaryngology depending on their symptoms.

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Updated Referral Guidelines for Heart Center

Our Heart Center has updated its website to better facilitate a smooth referral process for community providers and their patients. The updated guidelines provide our current wait times (five days or less for urgent referrals and up to a few weeks for non-urgent ones) and information about where to send the referral since referrals should be submitted to the Heart Center clinic location where the patient would like to be seen (this is different than most Seattle Children’s clinics).

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Ten Reasons to Refer Young Adults With Cancer to Seattle Children’s

Did you know that most cancer patients in their 20s should be referred to a pediatric cancer center for treatment rather than an adult one? Yet the pediatric oncologists at Seattle Children’s routinely talk to new patients who initially were sent to an adult cancer program because they were over 18 years old.

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New Algorithms for Obesity, Hyperglycemia and Precocious Puberty

New Algorithms for Obesity and Hyperglycemia

The Endocrinology Division has updated its obesity, insulin resistance and hyperglycemia intake decision trees. Our goal is to more effectively triage the high volume of referrals we receive and to identify patients who need to be seen urgently. Much of the triaging is now based on hemoglobin A1c, which will be needed for a referral.

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New Algorithm: Return to Sports After COVID-19

Seattle Children’s has created algorithms and other clinical care resources for more than 60 health conditions, with input from PCPs. Find them online from A to Z at Algorithms and Other Clinical Care Resources for Referring Providers (

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Delivering Mental Health Services in Primary Care: FAST Programs Make It Easier

Offering mental health services in places that are already familiar to and visited by youth – including their primary care doctor’s office – is a pediatric health priority. To support this important work, the Partnership Access Line (PAL) has created a one-stop-shop for therapy training and materials, packaged by diagnosis (i.e. depression, anxiety, etc.).

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Spanish Language Services Are Growing

Seattle Children’s is increasingly offering more services in Spanish with the goal of improving access to care for Spanish-speaking families in the regions we serve.

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