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  • Robert Sweet, MD—New WISH Executive Director

    Sweet RobertOn behalf of UW Medicine and the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH), we would like to welcome Robert Sweet, MD, to the University of Washington as the newly appointed Executive Director for WISH.

    Dr. Sweet, a native of Minnesota, rejoins the University of Washington community, having previously completed his Urology residency with the UW in 2003. For the past decade, Dr. Sweet has lead the simulation efforts of the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN), including the development of the Center for Research Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST). The CREST program, industry leaders in the development of tissue characterization, manikin development, and artificial tissue, will join the WISH team in Seattle next month. This exciting new partnership will continue to enhance the simulation capabilities across the WWAMI region and move forward our research in simulation science and our teaching and training programs. Dr. Sweet joins the Institute (formally known as UW ISIS) as it enters its 10th year of service to the UW Medicine community. We look forward to exciting things from WISH.  Dr. Sweet, a Professor in the Department of Urology, will lead the new Stone Center being developed at Northwest Hospital.


    Modified Friday, March 19, 2016 - MDH

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  • Family warns other parents after son is burned

    Pham Tam King5News2016SEATTLE -- It is Burn Awareness Week, and a family who lives just outside Yakima hopes your family can learn from an experience they will live with for the rest of their life.

    It was January 16 when four-year-old Derek Delgadillo was in the kitchen with his parents as they made dinner. His dad Frank says everything happened fast when Derek’s younger brother Diego tried to reach for boiling water in a crock pot and Derek tried to stop him. Unfortunately the boiling water fell on top of Derek. Airlift Northwest flew him to Harborview.

    “He told us he wanted to push the pot forward so baby wouldn’t be able to get burned,” his dad Frank said. “It came over and it spilled down on his right side, little bit over on his shoulder, down his arm, center of the chest.”

    The burns now cover 15% of his body, most of them are burns in the 3rd degree. Frank Delgadillo said his kids will no longer be allowed in the kitchen while they are cooking.

    “In the kitchen especially one parent’s over here and another parent’s trying to take care of other things and sometimes we’re not fully aware of everything that’s going around or happening,” Delgadillo said. “If you have something hot, keep it as far away as you can from your children.”

    This week is “Burn Awareness Week” nationwide. Scald burns are the leading cause of all burn injuries.

    “I would say we see kids like Derek hundreds of times a year in this center alone,” Harborview burn surgeon Dr. Tam Pham (pictured top-left) said. “Every year in the United States thousands of kids get burned by scalds.”

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    Modified February 10, 2016 - MDH

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  • New Clinical Practice Guidelines Recommend Use of Arteries Rather than Veins in Heart Bypass Surgery

    Aldea Gabriel2011

    Arterial grafts appear to offer improved outcomes over venous grafts in
    certain patients

    Chicago (December 8, 2015) – The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has released new clinical practice guidelines that recommend expanding the use of arteries from the chest and forearm rather than using veins from the leg when performing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery in certain patients. The guidelines, posted online today, will appear in the February 2016 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

    The left internal thoracic artery (chest artery) is considered the gold standard conduit in CABG surgery and has been associated with improved survival, graft patency (unobstructed blood flow), and freedom from cardiac events when compared with saphenous vein (leg vein) grafts.

    “Despite this, our review of the STS National Database showed that less than 10% of patients undergoing CABG surgery in the US received two or more arterial grafts,” explained guidelines co-author Gabriel Aldea, MD, (pictured right-top) from the University of Washington in Seattle. “The goal of our writing group was to review and update all current data to assess how the choice of arterial conduit affects patient outcomes following surgery.”

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  • Twisp firefighter discusses injuries, future hopes

    GibranTopStoryNov2015News conference upon Daniel Lyon's hospital departure also includes comments from his parents, UW Medicine burn specialist

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  • Liver is gift of friendship and a Pacific Northwest first

    Montenovo Reyes

    Outside of Operating Room 12 at UW Medical Center, the surgical nurse is entering information about Jaime McClanahan Cuzick.

    She asks a visitor, "What is her relation to the recipient?”

    “Her friend.”

    A quick double take, then a smile.

    That’s a typical reaction when people learn about Cuzick and her best friend, Kailyn McIrvin. They grew up side-by-side on farms in Shelton, Wash. When the nurse asked this question Oct. 14, surgical teams were already taking 60 percent of Cuzick’s liver to transplant it into her friend.

    It was the Pacific Northwest's first living-donor liver transplant between unrelated adults, according to the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.

    Drs. Martin Montenovo (pictured left) and Jorge Reyes (pictured right) led the two procedures October 14, 2015 at UW Medical Center.



    Modified October 28, 2015 - MDH

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