Construction of Children's meta- iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) room is underway. When it opens, it will treat patients with neuroblastoma that was refractory to first-line treatment, or who had relapsed. In recent years, it's become possible to attach a radio-active isotope of iodine, 131I, to MIBG. Because they emit high levels of radiation, MIBG patients are required to stay in lead-lined rooms for approximately three to seven days. The expectation is that the first patients will be admitted in January. The anticipated volume is one to two patients per month, gradually increasing over time.
Audiologists within Children's Center
for Communication Enhancement (CCE)
have completed a universal switch-over
to all-electronic evaluation and reportage. Thanks to Tablet PCs that connect
directly into audiometers and convert
handwritten notes into text, audiograms and reports may be uploaded
immediately into PowerChart. If desired,
a paper copy may be printed out for patient families immediately following an evaluation. The process will streamline the addition of new information into patient records, reduce errors in transcription and decrease the chances of misinterpretation of data and reports between clinicians.
The CCE's 20 audiologists conduct approximately 10,000 audiograms
Glen N. Saxe, MD, associate chief of Psychiatry for Research and Development and director of the Center for Behavioral Science, and his colleagues were recently awarded a grant to build an
academic center for refugee children as
a part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). NCTSN is a
congressionally mandated network of centers designed to improve the quality of care received by traumatized children around the nation. The funding will be used to develop and disseminate
interventions, provide technical assistance to programs that want to improve their services for refugee children and improve awareness of the problems faced by these children.
Children's Radiology and Information Services departments recently
implemented Nuance's PowerScribe as Children's new voice recognition system within Radiology. This system allows
radiologists to dictate their reports and
get immediate text output, allowing
them to more quickly communicate their findings to other clinicians at Children's and doctors outside of the hospital.
Neurology of the Newborn, 5th Edition
Joseph Volpe, MD, neurologist-in-chief emeritus, has published this book about the latest discoveries in neonatal neurology. It describes recent
developments in the study of genetics, the newest advances in the diagnosis and
management of neurologic disorders and more.
Anesthesia for Cardiac Surgery
James DiNardo, MD, senior associate in cardiac Anesthesia, updated this third
edition, which is intended as a reference and for daily use by residents, fellows and anesthesiologists who care for cardiac surgical patients.
Primary Care of the Premature Infant
Dara Brodsky, MD, Newborn Medicine Division, co-authored this book with Mary Ann Ouellette. The reference book covers the pathophysiology and epidemiology of problems occurring in premature babies in the NICU, and the management of these problems once the infant has been released.
Visual Language in Autism
Howard Shane, PhD, director of the Center for Communication Enhancement, and
director of the Autism Language Program, partnered with Sharon Weiss-Kapp, to create this wide-ranging system of visual representation linking cognition and language. The book helps those with autism spectrum disorders integrate basic activities of being, doing, knowing