Update on newborn screening

The newborn screen from Minnesota Department of Health now includes SCID/T-cell lymphopenia screening. More information about this testing and appropriate follow-up:

Family fact sheet for SCID

Medical fact sheet for SCID

Lymphedema therapist now on staff

Cheryl Hansen, a 25-year employee with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, recently completed her certification to become a lymphedema therapist, making her the only one at Children’s and one of only a few in the state.

Lymphedema is a condition where the tissue swells and fluid is retained caused by a compromised lymphatic system. This condition can be genetic, acquired through cancer treatment and trauma or caused by some medications.

Cheryl’s intense training at Abbott Northwestern Hospital included 45 hours of online tutorials and nine days of workshops and lessons.

Hansen said education is a big component in the treatment of the condition. There are many things that children and adults can learn to help manage the symptoms at home.

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New RBC transfusion indication codes

Effective February 2013, there will be new Transfusion Indication codes for Red Blood cells (RBC). These evidence based pediatric guidelines have been approved by the Transfusion Committee in collaboration with NICU, PICU, Heme-Onc, Surgery/Anesthesia, and CVCC. New indication codes for platelets, fresh frozen plasma, and cryoprecipitate will be revised and implemented later this year. Please feel free to contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , with any questions or concerns.

New RBC transfusion indication codes

1.      Acute blood loss >15%(Bleeding/Surgery)

2.      ECMO Hgb <13 gm/dl

3.      Congenital CV disease, Hgb < 15.0 gm/dl

4.      Shock, Hgb < 10.0 gm/dl

5.      Hgb < 7.0 gm/dl

6.      Hemoglobinopathy: Therapy or Anesthesia

7.      Prime device /Exchange Transfusion

8.      Neo 0-7d RespSupport Hgb <11.5

9.      Neo 8-14d RespSupport Hgb <10

10.     Neo >14d RespSupport Hgb <8.5

11.     Neo 0-7d NO RespSupport Hgb<10.0

12.     Neo 8-14d NO RespSupport Hgb<8.5

13.     Neo >14d NO RespSupport Hgb<7.5

14.     Neonate Preop Hgb <10 gm/dl

15.     Neonate shock, Hgb 11.5 gm/dl

Center for Excellence in Pain Management

Children's earns Center for Excellence in Pain Management award

Children’s Pain Medicine, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine department received a prestigious award - for its innovative and integrated approach to managing pain -  at the American Pain Society 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans on May 9.

The 2013 Center of Excellence in Pain Management is presented annually across the country and recognizes state-of-the-art, patient-centered pain management programs that demonstrate a multidisciplinary approach and not only treat children’s pain, but the whole patient, helping improve function and overall quality of life.

New options for maintenance of certification activities at Children's

Children’s of Minnesota has been chosen by the American Board of Pediatrics to be a Portfolio Sponsor. This means Children’s can now approve quality improvement (Q1) projects that give you credit toward the ABP Part IV requirement to maintain certification. The advantages of this are:

• More easily participate in any of several ongoing QI projects and receive MOC credit. Projects approved by Children’s may also be used for other medical and surgical specialties.
• No cost to obtain approval from ABP for a project that you want to conduct (saves $500 per project).
• There are several ongoing projects available to you—no completing applications, paying fees.

Portfolio Sponsors agree to prepare a periodic Progress Report for each of the approved projects, which the ABP reviews to ensure alignment with ABP standards.