May 30, 2023

Second specialty care center opens in Maple Grove  
Children’s Minnesota recently opened a second location for specialty care services in Maple Grove. The Children’s Minnesota Primary Care and Specialty Center – Maple Grove (Bass Lake Road) is now accepting referrals and taking appointments. The following programs are available at the new location: cardiovascular, ENT (ear, nose and throat), and gynecology. The cancer and blood disorders program will be added in the future.

The new specialty care center – located on Bass Lake Road next to our existing Partners in Pediatrics (PIP) Primary Care Clinic – will complement the specialty center on Elm Creek Boulevard, which provides services for physical medicine and rehabilitation, and diabetes and endocrinology.

Accessible quality care is one of our top priorities and this new location allows us to broaden our reach in the northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities metro area. For a consultation or to refer a patient, call Children’s Minnesota Physician Access at 866-755-2121.  
Pediatric clinical ethics promote good clinical practice 
Advances in medical technology and clinical procedures can improve outcomes for many patients. But there can be cases when use of these interventions may not be in the child's best interest. Parents can decide if their young child gets vaccinated, but a teen might have more say when it comes to stopping his chemotherapy treatment. Health care providers face complex decisions like these every day.

Dr. Ian Wolfe, PhD, MA, RN, HEC-C, senior clinical ethicist at Children’s Minnesota, analyzes the moral aspects of pediatric health care decisions. He says there are several underlying ethical principles that all pediatric health care providers can use when making difficult decisions involving kids where all parties want what is best for the child, but where there may be disagreement about what is best. Read more about ethical principles for difficult decisions here

Journal of Pediatric Ethics
Dr. Wolfe and the clinical ethics team at Children’s Minnesota publish articles about their work, highlight research and review cases in the Journal of Pediatric Ethics, which is available to anyone by subscription. The latest issue is available for subscription here
Summer injuries in kids and teens require exceptional care 
Summertime for many kids and teens can bring a combination of more activity, more opportunities for accidents and less parental oversight which can result in more traumatic injury.

Children’s Minnesota has orthopedic trauma services for patients from birth through age 18. Sending patients to a pediatric specialist is important in orthopedic care throughout their younger years due to the unique developmental needs of each child.

The Children’s Minnesota Minneapolis clinic can see children within a few days, and our Emergency Departments in either Minneapolis or St. Paul are open 24/7. To refer a patient or connect with a kid expert 24/7, call the Children’s Minnesota Physician Access at 866-755-2121

Preventing and treating Lyme disease: What clinicians need to know
Warmer weather usually means more outside play for kids. It is also a good time to be on alert for insect-spread diseases. Most insect bites leave behind only an itchy bump for a few days, but deer tick bites can cause much bigger problems. Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the U.S. and cases are found frequently in the Midwest. If left untreated, Lyme disease can attack several systems of the body, including the skin, heart, nerves and joints.

In the Talking Pediatrics episode, “Putting it all on the Lyme: What clinicians need to know about preventing and treating Lyme disease,” host Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd talks about current clinical guidelines for tick bites and Lyme disease in kids with Ashley Gyura, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, infectious disease nurse practitioner at Children’s Minnesota. Gyura is also the clinical advisor to the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) education initiative for Lyme disease. 

Read more about Lyme disease treatments and resources here

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