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Kids’ Sports and Physical Activity During COVID-19: A Q&A With Drs. Monique Burton and Celeste Quitiquit

Dr. Monique Burton and Dr. Celeste Quitiquit are both sports medicine pediatricians. Dr. Burton is medical director of sports medicine and Dr. Quitiquit is co-medical director of the athletic training program at Seattle Children’s.

What does the sports landscape look like for kids this fall?

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Monique Burton

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Celeste Quitiquit

Drs. Burton and Quitiquit: Youth sports definitely looks different this fall. Some sporting teams are in full effect, with fingers crossed. Other teams already cancelled their seasons in advance. Many sporting teams tread carefully, building safety and contingency plans, creating hybrid practice agendas and trying to stay current with COVID-related news. To say there are some modifications is definitely an understatement. For example, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) has divided the upcoming school year into four sports seasons rather than the usual three, limiting play in fall and moving more play to spring. Almost all of November and December will be a no-play period during which WIAA will reassess plans for 2021 based on what’s happening with COVID-19. It’s very much a fluid, “stay tuned” type of situation. Read full post »

Tips for Safe Firearm Storage Counseling by Providers

Firearms are the second leading cause of death among children and teens in the United States, after car crashes. One in three U.S. homes where kids live have a firearm, with 43% reporting that the firearm is kept unlocked and loaded.

Seattle Children’s offers this tip sheet (PDF) for providers on counseling families about firearms.  Many families feel comfortable discussing firearm safety with their child’s pediatrician when the conversation is approached with neutrality, privacy, respect and confidence.

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Six Tips for Referring to Pulmonary

Our Pulmonary program recently updated its referral guidelines. Below are highlights of helpful information for referring providers. For further details, please visit Pulmonary’s new “Refer a Patient” page.

1. The Pulmonary team at Seattle Children’s is committed to seeing patients for all types of pulmonary concerns, without limitation.

Now is a great time to refer patients to Pulmonary. Our wait times are well below our historical norm (currently 1 to 2 months for new patients), we have telehealth access, and flu season has not yet started. Read full post »

COVID Testing Reminder: No Walk-Up Testing

Reminder: There is no walk-up testing available at Seattle Children’s for COVID-19. If your patient needs COVID-19 testing, please submit an order first and ask your family to call us to schedule a lab appointment at one of our Urgent Care locations (Seattle, Everett, Federal Way and Bellevue,) or our drive-through testing center at Sand Point Learning Center.

We have had a number of families arrive at Urgent Care requesting a COVID-19 test without an appointment or order from their provider.

Please see our COVID-19 testing page for more details. Thank you for your partnership in helping families in our region get tested.

Four Things to Know When Referring to Dermatology

1. The typical wait time for new patients in Dermatology is 4 to 6 months.

Patients with less urgent conditions such as warts, molluscum contagiosum and acne can expect the longest waits.

2. Dermatology has created several new resources to help PCPs manage their patients in primary care and avoid a long wait to see a specialist.

We realize families are often anxious to have conditions like acne, warts and molluscum addressed more quickly than we can see them. To help support more timely treatment, our Dermatology team created the following resources for PCPs:

They are found on Dermatology’s recently updated Refer a Patient page. Read full post »

How to Order a PFT at Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Pulmonary Diagnostics Lab conducts pulmonary function tests (PFTs) for children ages 5 through 21. The lab welcomes referrals from community providers. Patients do not need to be seen by the Pulmonary team first; they can be referred directly to the lab.

Please fax a New Appointment Request Form (PDF) (doc) to 206-987-3121 or use eReferral. Clearly state you are ordering a pulmonary function test (PFT) and which test(s) you are ordering. Read full post »

Seven useful things to know about Seattle Children’s Nephrology

1. Nephrology’s webpage has new resources for PCPs on hypertension, abnormal kidney function, hematuria and more.

The Nephrology team has updated its referral guidelines and created many new resources for PCPs to help evaluate and/or refer the following conditions:

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Evaluating Human Trafficking In-Clinic

Seattle Children’s provides a detailed clinical pathway and resource guide for evaluating human trafficking in-clinic. See the Guidelines for Human Trafficking Evaluation developed by the Seattle Children’s Trafficking Work Group, Adolescent Medicine and community experts. Read full post »

Child Abuse During COVID-19

In May, Seattle Children’s held a workshop for providers on the incidence of child abuse during COVID-19 and harm reduction strategies. View the video recording of the workshop, “Abuse at Home: Harm Reduction Strategies During the Covid-19 Pandemic.”

Training goals for the workshop included:

  • Intimate partner violence and child abuse projections, risk factors and resource utilization during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Potential consequences of physical distancing and quarantine across populations
  • Harm reduction strategies to use in the home
  • Community resources for people experiencing abuse or violence in the home

Anti-Racism Resources for Healthcare Professionals

The Center for Diversity and Health Equity at Seattle Children’s provides education and informational materials on its website to help healthcare professionals combat racism and promote equity in healthcare. The website currently offers:

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