|1998 Total Landings||58*||117|
|Age||Diagnosis||Receiving Unit||Outcome (as of Feb 99)|
|21||1:48 PM||3:05 PM||Cascade Valley Hospital, Arlington||Newborn||Severe birth asphyxia, seizures||IICU||Died 10/24/98|
|22||4:53 AM||6:13 AM||St. Joseph Hospital, Bellingham||Newborn||Respiratory distress synd., prematurity, hyperbilirubinemia||IICU||Hospitalized 5 days|
|25||1:10 AM||1:46 AM||St. Joseph Hospital, Bellingham||Preschool||Status epilepticus, encephalopathy||PICU||Hospitalized 4 days|
|25||10:41 AM||11:35 AM||Highline Hospital, Burien||School-age||Acute tracheitis with obstruction||PICU||Hospitalized 5 days|
|28||12:59 AM||2:04 AM||Bremerton Naval Hospital, Bremerton||Newborn||Transposition of great vessels||IICU||Hospitalized 19 days|
|31||10:22 PM||11:30 PM||Medic 6, Kent||Infant||Intestinal perforation||IICU||Died 11/1/98|
|10||11:41 AM||12:40 PM||Medic 23, Kirkland||School-age||Cardiac arrest, transposition of great vessels||ER||Died in ER, 11/10/98|
|11||7:39 PM||8:27 PM||Medic 11, Kent||Infant||Complex febrile seizure||ER||Hospitalized 2 days|
|14||2:24 PM||4:23 PM||Olympic Memorial Hospital, Port Angeles||Newborn||Respiratory distress syndrome, prematurity||IICU||Died 11/18/98|
|18||6:15 PM||7:47 PM||Whidbey General Hospital, Coupeville||Newborn||Seizures, hypothermia||IICU||Hospitalized 9 days|
|19||2:46 PM||7:14 PM||Medic 5, Everett||Infant||Viral croup, dehydration||PICU||Hospitalized 5 days|
|3||10:25 PM||12:18 AM||Valley Medical Center, Renton||Infant||Newborn sepsis meningitis, seizures||IICU||Died 12/5/98|
|7||9:02 AM||10:48 PM||Skagit Valley Hospital, Mt. Vernon||Newborn||Respiratory arrest, apnea, pneumonediastinum||IICU||Hospitalized 16 days|
|9||4:00 PM||6:02 PM||Island Hospital, Anacortes||Newborn||Respiratory distress syndrome, prematurity||IICU||Hospitalized 40 days|
|9||6:33 PM||7:16 PM||Medics, Federal Way||Infant||Aspiration, Anoxic brain damage respiratory failure||ER||Hospitalized 24 days|
Apnea: Spells of not breathing. This occurs often in newborns who have a systemic infection or episode of asphyxia.
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.
Encephalopathy: Deterioration in brain function usually accompanied by a change in level of consciousness.
Hyperbilirubinemia: Also known as jaundice, this condition causes yellowish discoloration of the skin due to excessive destruction of the red blood cells in the circulation. This condition sometimes can lead to bilirubin encephalopathy, brain damage from very high levels of bilirubin from very rapid destruction of the red cells.
Pneumonediastinum: Air in the mid-chest between the lungs. Can cause pressure on the heart and lungs.
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.
Status epilepticus: Continuous epileptic seizures during which the patient is unconscious.
Transposition of the great vessels: A congenital heart defect in which the aorta arises from the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery from the left ventricle, the exact opposite of normal blood circulation. This creates two independent circulatory systems. TGV can be fatal because blood circulating through the defective system fails to get oxygen from the lungs.
To our Neighbors:
A Medical Review Committee meets several times a year to review all emergency medical landings at the hospital. This committee was formed in 1993 and includes two representatives from the Laurelhurst neighbor- hood, the medical 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 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 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.
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