Children’s in the News

Megan Connelly, vice president of Community Pediatrics & Child Health, was featured in a KPTM story on Health Care Workers Appreciation Week.

Connelly is a member of Leadership Omaha Class 44 through the Omaha Chamber of Commerce. Her class initiated Health Care Workers Appreciation Week to recognize the efforts of these professionals throughout Omaha, Douglas County and the state of Nebraska. Children’s showed its support by lighting up the Hubbard Center for Children in white lights through March 6.

Read more here.

Carpediem™ Dialysis System Available for Littlest Patients

In 2021, Children’s received grant funding to purchase two Carpediem™ cardio-renal pediatric dialysis emergency machines. This system provides continuous renal replacement therapy for acute kidney injury and fluid-overloaded pediatric patients weighing 2.5 to 10 kgs. Children’s is one of only five pediatric hospitals in the U.S. with this technology. For the first time, infants with acute kidney injury (AKI) and fluid overload (FO) can be treated with a dialysis system designed specifically for them.

Pediatric patients requiring continuous renal replacement therapy have historically been treated with systems designed and indicated for adults and not approved for pediatric use, which can create potential clinical complications for neonatal patients.

Read more on the Medtronic website.

Children’s dialysis team and providers have completed training, and bedside staff training will be completed this week. Children’s team is ready to utilize this new technology as soon as the need arises.    

Please Conserve Respiratory Viral Panel Testing

Due to nationwide shortages of supplies, we are conserving Respiratory Viral Panel (RVP) testing for inpatients only. Our supply is low, with additional supplies potentially coming in the next few days. Immediately, Laboratory will change all RVP orders to a 4plex (COVID-19, Flu A/B and RSV) test. If RVP results are likely to affect patient management and/or isolation decisions, please contact Laboratory to discuss. 

We are unable to perform RVPs for any outpatients, CP/UC and ER; samples will be frozen in case we get additional supplies. After 4plex results are complete, if a RVP is still indicated, please contact Laboratory to discuss in further detail.   

Routine viral testing is not necessary for the diagnosis and management of bronchiolitis (see the 2014 AAP Clinical Practice Guidelines) and not needed for hospital admission. We thank you all in advance for your assistance in wisely using this limited resource.  Supply changes evolve rapidly, so we will continue to communicate updates as we have new information.

Please direct any questions to George Bedrnicek, M.D., in Children’s Pathology at 402-955-5528 or Tess Karre, M.D., at 402-354-7842.

Ultrasound Call Coverage Moving to Voalte

As of March 2, the Ultrasound Department within Radiology is using Voalte for on-call purposes. We strive to have an ultrasound tech on-site 24/7, but due to occasional staffing issues, ultrasound will only be available on an on-call basis for emergent exams. 

Please contact the following technologist in Voalte if you need a stat ultrasound exam after hours (6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.)

  • “Ultrasound Tech” login to reach an on-site technologist. If no one is online/available, then use:
    • “Ultrasound Tech On-Call” in Voalte to reach the on-call tech.

Children’s Partners with Lutheran Family Services to Support Refugees

Children’s Trauma team recently joined forces with Lutheran Family Services to support the hundreds of Afghan refugees flying into Omaha and relocating throughout Nebraska. The team gathered at Frederick Square to load a box truck with 100 donated car seats and booster seats. With approximately 100 kids under the age of 8 arriving within two months, car seats are an immediate concern.

The Injury Prevention team is donating more than 100 car seats and providing safety tip sheets with step-by-step instructions (and photos) for safe installation. Lutheran Family Services has translated the tip sheets into the families’ two primary languages.

According to Amy Borg, child passenger safety specialist, Trauma Department, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of unintentional injury deaths among children.

“We do what we do because we want to help kids and save lives. This refugee situation isn’t something you see every day… I’m honored to be able to help parents protect their kids in a culture so new to them. I wish I could do more, but I’m excited to be doing my part by helping to support and educate families,” she said. “This has been a group effort and I’m really impressed at the community here at Children’s that’s stepped up to help, with a special shout-out to Travis Hedlund, Injury Prevention coordinator.”

Pooja Dave, M.D., Joins Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Dr. Dave has joined Children’s Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Dr. Dave received her medical degree from PramukhSwami Medical College, Sardar Patel University, India and completed her Pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University in Detroit. She will be working with the Lincoln Pediatric Hospitalist group and covering Bryan Medical Center, CHI Health St. Elizabeth and Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals in Lincoln.

Updates to Vascular Access Coverage

The following schedule will be in effect from Friday, March 4 to Monday, April 4:

  • PICC Coverage (IR): Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Please reach: Lindsay Ciatti via Voalte from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • EPIV (Distal and Midline) Coverage (VAT): Monday-Friday noon to 8 p.m.
    Additionally, 4 to 4:30 p.m. 3 days a week

New myChildren’s Intranet Platform, Mobile App to Launch

On Thursday, March 17, myChildren’s will transition to a new intranet – a move that will allow the same daily news and intranet content on myChildren’s to also be accessible on a mobile app. The new myChildren’s puts people first and supports our strategic goal of fostering an environment where our team can grow and thrive by closing communication gaps, offering increased opportunity for engagement and improving the experience. The mobile app will offer thousands of team members—many with limited access to their inbox or a desktop computer—information they can access anytime, anywhere.

While both the desktop and mobile versions of myChildren’s will look slightly different, they will offer the same content currently available, with some necessary security features added for mobile users. Recipients of The Leader and The Pulse newsletters will be able to access stories on both desktop and mobile versions and will continue to receive email prompts to check out new content. 

Starting March 3, there will be a two-week freeze on intranet text and document changes as the web team prioritizes a smooth transition. Updates will only be made to the new platform during this time. Thank you in advance for your understanding. Please continue to refer any requested changes to [email protected].

Watch for more information in The Pulse closer to the March 17 launch date. Thank you for your support and engagement as we go mobile-first to put people first!

Angela Hanna, M.D., Appointed Medical Director of VAT

Congratulations to Angela Hanna, M.D., Pediatric Surgery, who has been appointed medical director of the Vascular Access Team (VAT). She has been assigned this role with the full support of Jessica Goeller, D.O., who has been providing outstanding leadership and support to this vital team over the past several years. Dr. Goeller will continue to be an important part of this team. Her leadership continues to grow throughout the organization and is greatly appreciated.

Dr. Hanna brings many pediatric surgical skills and experience to this new leadership role. In addition, she is the medical director of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. Her leadership will enhance the coordination and support for the VAT team, which will continue to grow and develop in a fully integrated fashion.

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