Corrected Report

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

A summary of flight activity:
July - December, 2001

As a neighbor of Children's, you may be interested to learn more about the lifesaving emergency medical services the hospital provides to children in our region. The following information summarizes the use of the helipad at Children's and describes the medical needs of children served by emergency landings.

Due to printer error, the information on the recent report was outdated. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Landing at Children's or UW Intramural Field

Landings at the helipad at Children's campus must meet
agreed upon medical criteria, and only occur to treat the
most critical medical conditions. Any one of the following
conditions authorizes landing at Children's campus helipad:
unstable airway, inability to ventilate or maintain
oxygenation, inability to maintain adequate cardiac output,
inability to maintain adequate cerebral blood pressure flow,
persistence of unstable vital signs.

Landing Location Summary
January - June 2000

Children's Hospital
Emergency Room
UW Intramural
Field
July114
August415
September59
October610
November610
December48


Patients Transported by Airlift Northwest
to Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center Helistop
July - December, 2001
QUARTER THREE - JULY THRU SEPTEMBER, 2001

Date Landing Departure Transported From Age Diagnosis Outcomes
July

25 2:27 pm 3:47 pm St. Peter - Olympia Newborn Respiratory distress Hospitalized 9 days
August

1 6:42 am 8:08 am Naval Hospital - Oak Harbor Infant Cardiopulmonary arrest Died

5 1:15 pm 2:39 pm St. Joseph - Bellingham Infant Respiratory distress Hospitalized 3 days

8 4:14 pm 5:24 pm Cascade Valley - Arlington Toddler Respiratory distress Hospitalized 6 days

25 7:41 pm 8:38 pm Kittitas Valley - Ellensburg Toddler Near Drowning Hospitalized 13 days
September

4 4:17 am 5:31 am Skagit Valley - Mt. Vernon Infant Respiratory distress Remains inpatient (4/1/2002)

5 6:31 pm 7:54 pm Valley Medical Center - Renton School age Heart block Hospitalized 7 days

12 6:50 am 7:47 am Providence - Everett Toddler Restricted air space by FAA (9/11) Hospitalized 7 days

13 5:14 pm 5:51 pm Providence - Everett Toddler Restricted air space by FAA (9/11) Hospitalized 7 days

19 7:07 am 7:57 am Olympic Memorial - Port Angeles Adolescent Status asthmaticus Hospitalized 4 days
QUARTER FOUR - OCTOBER - DECEMBER, 2001
October

4 2:04 pm 3:17 pm Kittitas Valley - Ellensburg School Age Asthma Hospitalized 9 days

8 10:56 pm 12:11 am Stanwood Medics - Stanwood Infant Respiratory distress Hospitalized 8 days

16 2:22 pm 3:26 pm Whidbey General, Coupeville Newborn Status epilepticus Hospitalized 12 days

19 10:20 am 11:08 am Valley Medical Clinic - Renton School Age Pulmonary hemorrhage Died

19 11:51 am 12:53 pm Silverdale Clinic - Silverdale Toddler Respiratory distress Hospitalized 9 days

29 12:15 pm 1:16 pm Eastside Hospital - Redmond Toddler Diabetic Ketoacidosis Hospitalized 15 days
November

1 10:48 pm 11:29 pm Skagit Valley - Mt. Vernon Newborn Prematurity: respiratory distress syndrome Hospitalized 114 days

5 11:11 am 12:22 pm Cascade Valley - Arlington Newborn Respiratory failure; cardiopulmonary arrest Hospitalized 6 days

6 5:51 am 7:13 am Whidbey General, Coupeville Newborn Respiratory distress Hospitalized 20 days

8 7:57 pm 9:12 pm Cascade Valley - Arlington School age Status asthmaticus; respiratory arrest Hospitalized 4 days

11 4:15 pm 6:30 pm St. Joseph - Bellingham Adolescent Pneumonia Hospitalized 8 days

26 7:45 pm 9:26 pm Skagit Valley - Mt. Vernon Newborn Pulmonary hemorrhage Hospitalized 28 days
December

6 5:35 am 6:33 am Evergreen Hospital - Kirkland Toddler Diabetic ketoacidosis Hospitalized 16 day

15 8:41 am 9:27 am Auburn Medic 6 - Auburn School age Asthma Transferred to Mary Bridge 12/15

23 6:35 pm 7:42 pm Skagit Valley - Mt. Vernon Infant Respiratory distress; pneumonia Remains inpatient (4/1/2002)

24 1:30 pm 2:30 pm Skagit Valley - Mt. Vernon Infant Dehydration Hospitalized 21 days


Explanation of Diagnoses

Cardiopulmonary arrest - respiratory failure progressing to cardiac arrest

Dehydration - loss of body fluids leading to unstable blood pressure and heart rate

Diabetic Ketoacidosis - an abnormal buildup of sugar and acids in the blood resulting in a decreased level of consciousness

Heart Block - life threatening heart beat resulting in unstable blood pressure

Near Drowning - water submersion resulting in cardiopulmonary arrest , initially responds to resuscitation efforts

Pulmonary hemorrhage - bleeding into the lungs resulting in blockage of the airway

Respiratory distress - increased breathing difficulty due to pneumonia or secretions blocking the airway - does not respond to oxygen therapy

Respiratory distress syndrome - lung immaturity in premature infants resulting in collapse of the small airways and accumulation of fluid in the lung, requires oxygen and mechanical ventilation

Status asthmaticus - a prolonged asthma attack that does not respond to medication or oxygen therapy resulting in respiratory failure

Status epiliepticus - convulsions or seizures that cannot be controlled with medications


To our Neighbors:

A Medical Review Committee meets twice a year to review all emergency medical landings at Children's ED. 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 must meet agreed upon 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, outlining 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 Sarah Erickson, Assistant Director Community, Government Affairs and Advocacy at (206) 527-3881, or write them at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, P.O. Box 5371, CH-01, Seattle, WA 981015-0371.


The FAA restricted airspace following 9/11 necessitated these patient landings at the Children's Helipad instead of UW Intramural Field


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