October 4, 2022

State-of-the-art CT scanner is game changer for acute care imaging
In September, Children’s Minnesota’s Cardiovascular program installed the NAEOTOM Alpha® (Alpha) with Quantum Technology – the world’s first photon-counting computed tomography (CT) for clinical use. It is designed for cardiovascular, neurological, pediatric, functional and acute care imaging. There are only twenty Alpha systems installed worldwide and Children’s Minnesota is the first pediatric hospital to install the system.

This technology is the future of pediatric healthcare and precision medicine and is available to Children’s Minnesota’s patients now. The extensive capabilities of the Alpha system will improve referral opportunities and second opinions with other hospital systems. Outreach with rural hospitals and underserved communities will also provide continuity of care and the best access to Children’s Minnesota’s cardiovascular experts.

Read more about the Alpha CT scanner here.

Pediatric pharmacogenomics program offers precision medicine for kids
Pharmacogenomics, the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs, is a relatively new field that combines pharmacology and genomics to prescribe effective, safe medications and doses that are tailored to a person’s genetic makeup. The pharmacogenomics program at Children’s Minnesota is the only pediatric-focused program in the Upper Midwest and one of only a few pharmacogenomics programs in the country focused exclusively on children and adolescents.

Two of the conditions most commonly referred to the Children’s Minnesota pharmacogenomics program are cancer and mental health. “In many cases, we’re able to reduce the burden of trial and error through data-driven predictions,” said Dr. David Gregornik, PharmD and head of the Pharmacogenomics Program at Children’s Minnesota.

Read more about the program here.
Roselyn’s story: Neonatal Virtual Care program guided care for critical infant
The day after baby Roselyn arrived, she was diagnosed with a pneumothorax, a hole in her tiny lung. Roselyn was born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center in Wisconsin, but with her oxygen levels dangerously low and in severe respiratory distress, her health care team realized they needed remote clinical support from the specialists at Children’s Minnesota Neonatal Virtual Care program.

The Children’s Minnesota team led by Dr. Mark Bergeron, founder and lead neonatologist of the virtual care program, was able to help Roselyn’s care team perform an emergency thoracentesis using cutting-edge audio and video technology. Read Roselyn’s full story here.
Study: Significant decrease in hospital admissions for croup following new clinical guidelines
A recent study to evaluate the quality and outcomes of new clinical guidelines for croup in kids determined most patients who need two or fewer does of racemic epinephrine can be safetly discharged from the emergency department. This is a new treatment recommendation for many pediatric care providers.

Dr. Gabrielle Hester
, medical director of the Department of Value and Clinical Excellence and pediatric hospitalist at Children’s Minnesota, recently published a report about the study, “Use of a Clinical Guideline and Orderset to Reduce Hospital Admissions for Croup,” in Pediatrics.

Following the guidelines, which were developed by Children's Minnesota, the croup study found the admission rate in patients receiving two or fewer racemic epinephrine was significantly lower in implementation (1.7%) compared with baseline (6.3%).
Read the full story here.
Making Sense of Monkeypox
Cases of monkeypox are still on the rise, including some cases in kids. In August, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services declared monkeypox a public health emergency. In this episode of Talking Pediatrics, “Making Sense of Monkeypox,” infection preventionist Joe Kurland and host Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd discuss the latest information to detect, treat and prevent monkeypox, particularly for pediatric and adolescent patients.

Listen to the podcast or read the full transcript here.

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