Pulmonary Division at CHMC

The pulmonary division includes:

  • The Pediatric Pulmonary Center
  • The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Center
  • The Sleep Clinic

The Pulmonary division is comprised of:

  • Nine full-time academic pediatric pulmonologists, including the director and associate director of the PPC
  • Six nurses and advanced practice nurses
  • Two dietitians
  • Two social workers

The Pulmonary division:

  • Conducts four half-day general outpatient clinics per week
  • Sleep clinic
  • Asthma clinic
  • Manages approximately nine inpatients and six consults per day
  • Consults on more than 160 additional patients annually in outreach clinics in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Washington (consultations performed both by PPC trainees and PPC faculty)
  • Performs fifty flexible bronchoscopy procedures per year
  • Interprets more than 1600 pulmonary functions in infants and children per year

The Cystic Fibrosis Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital:

  • Manages 220 children with cystic fibrosis
  • Indirectly oversees clinical care of another 240 adults and children with cystic fibrosis at satellite sites located in:
    • Spokane
    • Tacoma
    • Anchorage
    • The University of Washington Health Sciences Center’s Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center.

The Pulmonary division at CHMC conducts specific additional clinical programs involving children with respiratory problems. These include:

  • The Respiratory Home Care Program, which manages the care of technology-dependent children
  • The Neuromuscular Disease Program administrated by the Rehabilitation Medicine Department, which cares for the pulmonary aspects of children with neuromuscular weakness
  • The Asthma Education Program conducted by CHRMC-based pulmonary nurses. This program provides formal longitudinal asthma education to children hospitalized for asthma and their families.
  • Two formal Parent Support Groups to empower parents whose children have CF and chronic technology-dependent lung disease.

The Pulmonary division conducts clinical research at CHRMC. Examples of active clinical research projects conducted by the PPC faculty are as follows:

  • Inhaled nitric oxide for newborn pulmonary hypertension (Redding, Mayock, Co-PI's)
  • Intravenous immunoglobulin as prevention for RSV infections (Redding, PI)
  • Asthma epidemiology in Seattle's public schools (Redding, PI)
  • Outcome predictors for children recovering from status asthmaticus (Redding, PI)
  • Community systems of care for underserved urban children with asthma (Redding, PI)
  • Nutritional outcomes for infants with BPD after discharge to home (Johnson, PI)
  • Parent support systems for high risk families of asthmatic children (Miller-Ratcliffe, PI)
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