Eating Disorders adds staff and increases capability to care for all ages

Our Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders has added to its staff and increased its capabilities to provide comprehensive care for patients of all ages. We have the ability to care for both children and adults in our clinic located on our Minneapolis campus. Now, if adult patients need to be hospitalized, we have a new collaboration with Abbott Northwestern Hospital to provide inpatient care. Children and adolescents requiring medical stabilization will continue to be cared for at Children’s.


Pediatric Intensive Care Units

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Pediatric Intensive Care Units

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has new Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) on both our Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. The PICU is where we care for the most critically ill children and provide the highest level of expertise with 24-hour in-house coverage by pediatric intensivists and primarily one-to-one pediatric nursing care by nurses skilled in high-intensity therapies and interventions, medication administration, and the latest technology. Learn more about our pediatric intensive care program and see what we offer to patients and families in our new units featuring all private patient rooms.

Children’s sports medicine program addresses unique needs of young athletes

Cleft lip and palate are among the most common birth defects — affecting approximately one in 700 newborns. In response, the Cleft and Craniofacial Program at Children's has expanded its services. The largest growth has been in major craniofacial reconstruction and remodeling for infants and young children.

The evaluation of children diagnosed with craniosynostosis, Aperts and Crouzon's syndromes is overseen by Joe Petronio, MD, and Bob Tibesar, MD, who help lead a multidisciplinary craniofacial team. The team, which includes surgeons, geneticists, nurse practitioners, feeding specialists, oral surgeons, psychologists and social workers, evaluates patients in a collaborative setting.

Patients are evaluated at both the Children's - St. Paul and Children's - Minneapolis campuses, and the plagiocephaly team meets weekly in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and at Children's Minnetonka to evaluate plagiocephaly and institute helmeting protocols.

The evaluation and management of speech disorders in craniofacial and other syndromic patients is another area of recent growth for the program. The care team includes speech pathologists from all campuses and allows for an integrated approach to treating speech abnormalities which involves local providers and Children's specialists.

For more on Children's Cleft and Craniofacial Program, including patient education resources and information on how to refer a patient, go online or call Children's Physician Access, 612-343-2121; 866-755-2121

Children’s Home Care Synagis Program offers expertise, consistency

RSV is the No. 1 cause of hospitalization in babies under one year of age in the U.S. Children's Home Care Synagis Program offers a coordinated process for the administration of Synagis, the only FDA-approved medication to help protect preemies and other high-risk infants from RSV.


Consent for Blood Transfusions

Effective as of March 8, 2011 written (signed) informed consent for blood transfusion are mandatory for all Children's patients requiring blood or blood components.

Cerner will prompt for confirmation of written (signed) consent based on established rules. The provider must check one of four options:

  • Transfusion Consent-1 Transfusion Only
  • Transfusion Emergency Situation [No Consent]
  • Transfusion Consent-Entire Visit
  • Transfusion Consent-1 year Hemonc Only
  • Inpatients currently receiving transfusion therapy may continue transfusion support without a written (signed) consent. Signed consent will be required with the next encounter.
  • There will be no changes to the Surgery or ECMO consent form or process relating to transfusion.
  • It is the responsibility of the attending physician to obtain signed informed consent before the start of transfusion therapy. The attending physician may delegate the act of obtaining consent to a fellow, resident, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. The act of obtaining consent may NOT be delegated to a staff nurse or to clerical personnel.
  • Refusal of transfusion support must be documented in the Problem List in Cerner.
  • In an emergency situation, transfusion may occur without a written consent with a note in the medical record documenting the circumstances requiring transfusion.
  • If telephone consent is necessary, a witness is required.
  • The signed consent form will be scanned into the EMR. Compliance in obtaining signed informed consent will be monitored.

1.    Consent for Blood/Component Transfusion form. Located under Forms/Medical Records/Medical Records Forms/Administrative
2.    Blood Transfusion Information-Patient/Family Education sheet. Locate under
References/Clinical/Patient Education 
Contact: Kristin Mascotti, MD, Transfusion Service Medical Director, (612) 813-6712
Judy Zier, MD, Transfusion Committee Chair, (651) 220-6018
Judy Wenzel, Transfusion and Tissue Service Manager, (612) 813-8562