Helicopter Landings at Children's Hospital
January-June 2000

A report to the community about emergency medical helicopter landings at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center

A summary of flight activity,
January through June, 2000


Landing Location Summary
January - June 2000

Children's Hospital
Emergency Room
UW Intramural
Field
January112
February211
March34
April411
May18
June32


Patients Transported by Airlift Northwest
to Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center Helistop
January - June, 2000

Date Landing Departure Transported From Age Diagnosis Outcomes
January
5 5:24 pm 6:50 pm Skagit Valley - Mount Vernon Infant Pneumonia Hospitalized 9 days
February
8 10:25 am 11:31 am Providence - Everett Infant Seizures Hospitalized 4 days
25 1:14 pm 3:15 pm Valley General - Monroe Newborn R/O Sepsis Hospitalized 42 days
March
5 11:45 am 12:03 pm Willapa Harbor - South Bend Newborn Sepsis/Respiratory Failure Died
10 3:30 pm 4:25 pm Skagit Valley - Mount Vernon Infant Respiratory Distress Hospitalized 7 days
17 6:05 pm 7:19 pm Harrison Hospital - Bremerton FBA S/P Arrest Died
April
3 8:08 pm 9:15 pm Madigan Army Hospital - Tacoma School Age Drowning Died
11 7:58 am 8:23 am Skagit Valley - Mount Vernon Newborn Prematurity/Respiratory Failure Hospitalized 66 days
17 3:14 pm 4:28 pm Madigan Army Hospital - Tacoma 23 yr Heart Arrythmia Hospitalized 1 day
18 11:41 am 12:21 pm Providence - Everett Infant S/P Cardiac Arrest Died
May
17 10:29 am 11:22 am Whidbey General - Coupeville Teenage Status Asthmaticus Hospitalized 4 days
29 1:05 pm 1:35 pm

ALNW Pilot Training

June
9 5:56 pm 6:54 pm Medic 7 - Kent Commons Toddler Respiratory Distress Died
10 4:47 pm 6:06 pm Medic 1 - Bellevue Infant S/P Cardiac Arrest Died
17 2:56 pm 3:54 pm Overlake Medical Center - Bellevue Toddler Drowning Died


Explanation of Diagnoses

R/O Sepsis: Rule out possibility of infection vs. Cardiac defect

FBA S/P Arrest:
Foreign body aspiration: foreign body blocks airway

Heart Arrythmia:
Long-term patient with a congential heart malformation

S/P Cardiac Arrest:
Status post cadiopulmonary arrest

Status Asthmaticus:
Asthma attack with respiratory failure


To our Neighbors:

A Medical Review Committee meets twice a year to review all emergency medical landings at Children's. (*Explanation of diagnosis on back page.) This committee includes two representatives from the neighborhoods surrounding Children's, the director of the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, two physicians independent of Children's and key medical leadership from Children's Hospital.

The committee continues to find that the vast majority of these emergency medical landings, which are based on medical criteria, are justified. We continue to evaluate each situation to determine whether a safe alternative to the landing is available.

A report to the community about emergency medical helicopter landings at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center / a summary of flight activity is published quarterly by Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle WA. If you have comments or questions, please call Suzanne Petersen, Director Community, Government Affairs and Advocacy, at (206) 526-2125; or write her at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, P.O. Box 5371, CH-01, Seattle, WA 981015-0371.

c/o 2000 Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center. All rights reserved.


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