Seattle Children's Provider News

Using Comics to Teach Patients About Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Q&A With Dr. David L. Suskind

Dr. Suskind is a gastroenterologist at Seattle Children’s where he sees patients in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center and Aerodigestive Program. He is the director of quality improvement and co-chair of the Nutrition Subcommittee.

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Your Questions Answered: Precocious Puberty, Hypothyroid and Short Stature

On-call endocrinologists at Seattle Children’s are currently spending 20+ hours per week fielding calls from community providers, mostly about three conditions: precocious puberty, hypothyroid and short stature. To support PCPs, we want to bring your attention to algorithms created by Seattle Children’s with input from primary care providers. Our nurses use these same algorithms to triage incoming referrals. We encourage you to consult these resources first and if you still are unsure or if the algorithm didn’t address your question, you are welcome to call the Provider-to-Provider Line (206-987-7777).

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Reminder: Strains On Our ED and Inpatient Capacity – Your Help Requested

As a reminder, we continue to experience a very high number of Emergency Department (ED) visits due in large part to respiratory illnesses, mental health concerns and COVID-19.* The ED is using every available space to treat patients, including lobby space, a converted storage area and tents. Seattle Children’s Urgent Care clinics also are experiencing high demand and are full most days.

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All Ambulatory Clinics Are Now Conducting Suicide Screening

Seattle Children’s ambulatory clinics are now screening all patients 10 years of age and older for suicidal ideation. This includes patients at our regional clinics. Screening was rolled out in phases starting in May. Since then, 9,000 ambulatory patients have been screened and over 700 screened positive and received follow-up interventions. Suicide screening has been in place for more than two years in our Emergency Department and inpatient units.

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Pilot: Newborn Screening Test for Wilson Disease Begins Nov. 1

A newborn screening test for Wilson disease is being trialed in Washington beginning November 1 in a pilot study that Dr. Sihoun Hahn hopes will lead to diagnosing infants across the country who have this life-threatening but easily treated disease.

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New Flyers in 5 Languages Address Mental Health for Children and Teens

Three leading U.S. pediatric health organizations declared a state of emergency in youth mental health on October 19, 2021. We want to take this opportunity to share several new flyers from Seattle Children’s intended to help families find a qualified and available mental health counselor for their child. We encourage our provider partners in the community to share them with patients and families.

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Anti-Racism Work at Seattle Children’s: Workforce Focus Groups Underway

Between October 23 and November 5, we are conducting 20 online focus group sessions with a diverse cross-section of Seattle Children’s workforce to solicit input on our Health Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan (English and Spanish) and inform and prioritize our next steps. The groups are being led by an external, independent firm.

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CMEs

Updates on Asthma Management: November 4, 2021, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Holly Vo, MD, and Leah Nuss, MD, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellows, Seattle Children’s. Category 2 CME presented by Seattle Children’s Physician Relations. RSVP by November 3 to dawn.tamaki-riley@seattlechildrens.org.

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Grand Rounds: November 2021

Provider Grand Rounds

Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. Instructions on watching the live webcast are here.

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Special Update: Strains On Our ED and Inpatient Capacity – Your Help Requested

From: Dr. Brianna Enriquez, Medical Director of Emergency Management and Dr. Elaine Albert, Medical Director, Inpatient Access

In the last week, there has been a large increase in Emergency Department (ED) visits due to a combination of respiratory illnesses, mental health and COVID-19. The ED is functioning at 150% capacity on average. The ED team is using every available space to treat patients, including the lobby, a converted storage area and tents. Approximately 33% of ED bed space is being used for patients with mental and behavioral health issues.

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