Helicopter Landings at Children's Hospital
April-June 1998

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

A summary of flight activity, April through June 1998

Landing Location Summary
April-June 1998

Children's Hospital
Emergency Room
UW Intramural

AgeDiagnosisReceiving UnitOutcome (as of 1/30/98)
22:00 AM3:50 AMBremerton Naval HospitalNewbornCongenital diaphramatic herniaIICUDied 5/5/98
75:24 PM6:24 PMSkagit Valley Medical CenterInfantBronchiolitis, pneumoniaIICUHospitalized 8 days
912:30 AM1:21 AMBremerton Naval HospitalNewbornMeconium aspiration, pneumothoraxIICUHospitalized 4 days
217:38 PM8:29 PMSt. Peter's, OlympiaTeenAcute pancreatitis, hypovolemic shockPICUHospitalized 6 days
306:11 PM7:15 PMKittitas Valley, EllensburgNewbornCoarctation of aorta, ventricular septal defectIICUHospitalized 13 days
16:32 PM7:25 PMAuburn GeneralNewbornCongenital diaphramatic herniaIICUDied 6/17/98
311:25 AM12:42 PMAuburn Medics Pre-schoolVaricella encephalitis, seizuresPICUHospitalized 3 days
118:36 PM10:40 PMOrcas Island Clinic NewbornPrematurityIICUStill hospitalized
149:10 AM9:54 AMBainbridge Island Medics TeenVentricular fibrillation, cardiomyopathyPICUHospitalized 2 days
187:49 PM9:12 PMStevens Hospital, Edmonds TeenProlonged cardiac arrest, cardiac dysrhythmiaPICUDied 5/20/98
225:33 PMnaOregon Health Sciences University, Portland Pre-schoolCardiomyopathyPICUDied 6/6/98
239:00 AM10:27 AMSt. Joseph Hospital, Bellingham NewbornPerinatal infection, group bIICUHospitalized 12 days
32:29 PM2:53 PMValley General Hospital, Monroe InfantUnexplained sudden death, cardiac arrestPICUDied 6/3/98
1410:18 PM11:30 PMSkagit Valley Hospital, Mt. Vernon Pre-schoolRespiratory failurePICUHospitalized 6 days
1811:53 PM1:23 AMProvidence General Hospital, Everett ElementaryMeningococcal meningitisPICUHospitalized 12 days
214:24 PM6:18 PMProvidence General Hospital, Everett InfantDrowningPICUDied 6/22/98
231:47 PM3:15 PMLake Stevens Medics School-ageRespiratory and cardiac arrestERDied 6/23/98

Definition of Diagnosis/Treatment

Acute pancreatitis: If the pancreas becomes inflamed, it releases enzymes into the bloodstream rather than into the intestines. These enzymes can cause leakage of the blood vessels throughout the body, resulting in low blood pressure. Hypovolemic (low blood pressure) shock can result. The pancreas is both a digestive organ and it secretes insulin to metabolize sugar.

Bronchiolitis: Inflamation of the small air passages in the lung, which makes breathing difficult. If severe, mechanical ventilation may be required to maintain patient's breathing.

Cardiac dysrhythmia: A general term covering a wide variety of abnormal heart rates and/or rhythms. Some are benign or only mildly troublesome. Some are life threatening.

Cardiomyopathy: This condition causes the heart to enlarge and beat improperly and can lead to cardiac arrest. Cardiomy- opathy is treated with medicine but in severe cases may require a transplant.

Coarctation of the aorta: An hour-glass shaped narrowing of the artery which exits the heart carrying oxygenated blood to the body, typically occurring just after the branches feeding the head and neck and before the artery supplies the lower half of the body. This causes high blood pressure in the arms, low blood pressure in the legs and stress and strain on the heart muscle, which can cause it to work too hard (congestive heart failure).

Diaphramatic 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.

Meningococcal meningitis: Bacterial infection of the covering of brain and spinal cord by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. It can be life threatening.

Perinatal group b streptococcal infection: Infection of a baby with group b streptococcus bacteria that the baby acquires around the time of delivery. The bacteria usually cause pneumonia, blood stream infection and sometimes meningitis.

Pneumothorax: Rupture of one of the lungs, resulting in leakage of air into the chest cavity. Chest tubes are surgically placed to drain air out of the chest cavity.

Varicella encephalitis: A brain infection caused by the chickenpox virus. Patients usually do well with treatment although on rare occasion it can result in seizures or brain injury due to tissue damage and even death due to brain failure.

Ventricular fibrillation: A state in which the heart is just quivering and not PMing blood effectively.

Ventricular septal defect: A hole between the two ventricles or PMing chambers of the heart, through which blood leaks from the left ventricle to the right ventricle and on to the lungs. The net effect is that the heart and lungs are overworked and inefficient (congestive heart failure).

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

Cheryl Ellsworth, director of Community and Government Affairs
Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center
P.O. Box 5371 CH-01
Seattle, WA

c/o 1998 Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center.

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