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What to Expect When Referring Your Patient for Medication Management

As a reminder, patients referred to Psychiatry for medication management will receive consultation and short-term management. We do not provide ongoing medication management.

Short-term medication management can range from two visits — for intake and recommendation/prescription — to taking over care for a few months to oversee a trial of medication. We require patients to be in therapy before considering medications, but therapy does not have to be with us. If the patient is requesting a second opinion on medication, we will see them and then provide recommendations to the referring provider, who would continue to provide ongoing care and medication management.

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Return to Sports This Fall: Advice From Our Cardiologists

Many families and providers are wondering what precautions to take before sending kids back to sports after a COVID-19 infection. Using guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Heart Association (AHA), cardiologists at Seattle Children’s created the proposed protocol to guide PCPs in safely returning kids to sports after infection. It was presented in our July CME, “Return to Sports After COVID-19, Plus Updates on Post-Vaccine Perimyocarditis,” along with information about COVID’s impact on heart function and information about why the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks of post-vaccine myopericarditis.

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Mental Health: Resources for Kids and Handouts for Providers

The return to school and in-person learning is likely to bring up a variety of emotions for children and families. Here are some resources for supporting children’s mental health as back-to-school season arrives.

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Grand Rounds: September 2021

Provider Grand Rounds are held year-round on Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. Instructions on watching the live webcast are here.

  • September 2, 2021: Transition from Crisis to Management: An Overview of Care for Youth with a Restrictive Eating Disorder. Yolanda Evans, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, UW; Adolescent Medicine, Seattle Children’s; and Nicole Stettler, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Seattle Children’s.

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PCP Resources From Seattle Children’s

As a reminder, more than 50 algorithms and other resources for PCPs are available from Seattle Children’s on our website to support your patient care.

  • Please visit Algorithms for Referring Providers (conditions listed A to Z) and Provider Resources for Clinical Care (our nonalgorithm resources) to see what’s available. Remember to bookmark these sites.
  • Alternatively, we created a flyer with links to the sites above and to the specific algorithms and other resources available.
  • These resources help PCPs know the best treatment protocols, when to refer a patient for specialty care and which specialty clinic to refer to.

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New Referral Guidelines: Dermatology, Rehab Medicine and Biochemical Genetics

Dermatology Now Requires a Referral for All New Patients

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Where to Refer Concussion Patients at Seattle Children’s

A new algorithm helps PCPs know where to refer patients for concussion at Seattle Children’s.

  • Neurology sees patients who have had ongoing headache for over two months, in the absence of a sports injury.
  • Sports Medicine sees patients who experienced a sports injury concussion, are at least 6 years old and have not experienced any of the following: hospitalization for more than 24 hours, skull fracture, intracranial hemorrhage, focal neurological deficit or neurosurgery/brain surgery of any kind in the past.
  • Rehabilitation Medicine sees all other concussion patients.

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Online Suicide Prevention Training for Providers

To address suicide as a public health crisis, leading experts and healthcare organizations have collaborated to develop All Patients Safe: Suicide Prevention for Medical Professionals. This interactive, online suicide prevention training is designed for medical professionals and client-facing staff in Washington state. It offers an engaging and informative option for providers to become better skilled at suicide prevention and includes perspectives of real patients coupled with practical skills to help medical providers transfer what they learn to their practice and community. Read full post »

Telehealth Information for Referring Providers

A new informational handout is available for referring providers to let them know how Seattle Children’s is helping patients access their telehealth appointments. It answers frequently asked questions about privacy, cost, cancellation, setting up a MyChart account (needed for a telehealth visit), preparing for the appointment and troubleshooting technical issues.

The telehealth handout is intended for providers and available in English only. A telehealth handout for patients and families is being prepared and will be available in multiple languages. We will share it with community providers when it is ready.

Adolescent Vaccinations Plummeted In 2020: How You Can Help Improve Rates in 2021

Washington state’s vaccination rates in 2020 fell an alarming 37% for 11- and 12-year-olds and 35% for 13- to 17-year-olds. It is more important than ever to ensure youth are receiving the preventive care they need.

Clinics in King County are invited to boost their vaccination rates by participating in the WA-CHIP learning collaborative. Over a nine-month period, starting in March 2021, clinics will identify opportunities to increase adolescent vaccinations, implement improvements, receive regular data and coaching and participate in a community of clinics working toward the same goals. Read full post »