Seattle Children's Provider News

COVID-19 Update on Boosters and Referrals for Antibody Infusion

Boosters Now Available at Main Campus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has removed qualifying criteria to expand who can get the COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for extended immunity. Seattle Children’s now is able to administer booster doses under an emergency use authorization to any individual who is 18 years and older and has:

  • Received two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago
  • Received the single-dose Janssen vaccine at least two months ago

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Helping Families Address Anxiety

As the pandemic continues this winter and supporting children’s mental health is top of mind, we want to remind you that Seattle Children’s offers a free online series of short videos about anxiety, designed for parents and caregivers.

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CMEs

  • Puberty – When Is It Too Young AND Thyroid Disorders in Children and Adolescents. December 7, 2021, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Parisa Salehi, MD, and Alissa Roberts, MD. Category 2 CME presented by Seattle Children’s Physician Relations. RSVP by December 6 to dawn.tamaki-riley@seattlechildrens.org.

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Grand Rounds: December 2021

Provider Grand Rounds

Year-round on Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. Learn more.

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New Medical Staff: December 2021

Medical Providers

  • Matthew Blair Dellinger, MD, Seattle Children’s, Surgery
  • Sara Mubashir Durrani, MD, Seattle Children’s, Neonatology
  • Ashley Dawn Ellis, MD, Seattle Children’s, Pathology

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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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