From: Dr. Elaine Albert, Medical Director of Inpatient Access and Andrew Mullenix, Director of Patient Flow and Inpatient Access

  • Seattle Children’s Emergency Department (ED) has had a sustained census above 250% for multiple evenings this week.
  • Inpatient acute care census has been greater than 100% for several days.
  • Air quality is currently unhealthy for susceptible groups; we are seeing a significant increase in patients with respiratory distress.
  • We continue to run under a disaster incident command structure and contingency status for staffing and space.
  • It is imperative that providers manage patients in primary care whenever possible and appropriate. If sending patients to the ED, please always call our Communications Center first (206-987-8899).
  • Please advise families to expect longer than typical wait times at our ED and that we are triaging patients to see the sickest patients first.

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