A summary of flight activity,
January through March 1998
|Age||Diagnosis||Receiving Unit||Outcome (as of May 30, 1998)|
|January 9, 1998||9:50 AM||N/A||St. Joseph, Bellingham||Pre-school||Meningococcal meningitis||PICU||Hospitalized 7 days|
|January 16, 1998||7:05 PM||7:35 PM||Valley Medical Center, Renton||School-age||Reactive airway disease,|
|ER||Hospitalized 9 days|
|January 27, 1998||5:53 AM||6:42 AM||Medic 6, Auburn||Toddler||Atypical febrile seizure||ER||Hospitalized 3 days|
|February 6, 1998||9:41 AM||10:40 AM||St. Peter's, Olympia||Teen||Meningococcemia,|
|PICU||Hospitalized 8 days|
|February 10, 1998||6:21 AM||8:10 AM||Whidbey Naval Hospital, Oak Harbor||Newborn||Meconium aspiration||IICU||Hospitalized 10 days|
|February 14, 1998||2:22 PM||3:54 PM||Valley Medical Center, Renton||Infant||RSV bronchiolotis,|
|IICU||Hospitalized 8 days|
|February 16, 1998||3:12 PM||4:19 PM||St. Joseph, Bellingham||Infant||Pneumococcal sepsis,|
|PICU||Hospitalized 60 days|
|March 2, 1998||10:15 PM||12:31 AM||Providence Hospital, Centralia||Teen||Right lower lobe pneumonia,|
|PICU||Hospitalized 18 days|
|March 13, 1998||8:18 PM||9:00 PM||Community Memorial Hospital, Enumclaw||Pre-school||Viral croup||ER||Hospitalized 1 day|
|March 18, 1998||11:34 AM||12:50 PM||Bremerton Naval Hospital||Infant||Drowning||PICU||Died 3/25/98|
|March 19, 1998||10:35 AM||12:25 PM||Cascade Valley Hospital, Arlington||Newborn||Congenital diaphragmatic hernia||IICU||Died 3/20/98|
|March 31, 1998||10:55 AM||12:44 PM||St. Joseph, Bellingham||Newborn||Respiratory distress syndrome,|
|IICU||Hospitalized 7 days|
|Note to our neighbors: Medflight, based at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, has a new pilot who is required to conduct one test landing at Children's helistop. The landing will take place July 15 or 16 between noon and 3 p.m.||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 the Communications Department at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle, WA. If you have comments or questions, please call Cheryl Ellsworth, director of Community and Government Affairs, at (206) 526-2125; or write her at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, P.O. Box 5371 CH-01, Seattle, WA 98105-0371.|
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia: A condition at birth in which the abdominal contents are displaced into the chest cavity causing respiratory distress and usually requiring immediate surgery.
Meconium aspiration: Pneumonia-like illness of newborn due to inhalation at birth of fluids containing material from infant's bowel.
Meningococcemia: Infection of the blood stream by meningococcus bacteria. Often progresses very rapidly and can be fatal.
Meningococcal meningitis: Bacterial infection of the covering of brain and spinal cord by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. It can be life threatening. Pneumococcal meningitis: Bacterial infection of the covering of brain and spinal cord by the bacteria streptococcus pneumoniae. It can be life threatening.
Pneumococcal sepsis: Infection of the blood stream by bacteria streptococcus pneumoniae. Often progresses very rapidly and can be fatal.
Pulmonary hypertension: Abnormally high blood pressure in the lungs which causes inadequate oxygenation of the blood. This life-threatening condition is treated with mechanical ventilation and medications.
RSV bronchiolitis: Bronchiolitis caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Bronchiolitis is inflammation of the small air passages in the lung which makes breathing difficult. In severe cases, mechanical ventilation may be required to assist breathing. RSV is a serious respiratory virus that affects the lining of the airways in the lungs, producing a large amount of mucous and swelling. Because young children cannot cough up the mucous, it remains in the airways and increases labored breathing.
Reactive airway disease: Acute narrowing of the airways which may cause severe difficulty in breathing and require mechanical ventilation.
Respiratory distress syndrome: Problem of lung immaturity in premature babies (but sometimes occurs in term infants) resulting in the need for extra oxygen and mechanical ventilation.
Viral croup: Inflammation of the airway which may cause difficulty in breathing. If severe, can result in blockage of the airway and require insertion of a tube to allow the patient to breathe. Viruses are the most common cause of croup.
c/o 1998 Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center.