Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Surgical Breakthrough Allows Discreet Scar for Pediatric Heart Patients

Posted on Aug 3, 2018 in Cardiac, Children's Services, Innovation, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Naruhito Watanabe is believed to be the first surgeon in the United States to repair an atrial septal defect (ASD) via a right mini-thoracotomy, with an incision just below the armpit. This minimally invasive approach reduces the healing time for the young patients and allows them to grow up without having embarrassing chest scars.

An ASD is a hole in the wall between the two upper chambers of the heart, called the atria. Some of these holes may spontaneously close as the infant grows; however, it is one of the more common congenital heart defects requiring surgical repair, with about 40,000 children are born each year with congenital heart defects in the United States alone.

One of Dr. Watanabe’s patients, 3-year-old Taneigha Avila of Sacramento, recently underwent this minimally invasive procedure and now has a repaired ASD with an incision that is barely noticeable. The patient’s recovery was phenomenal and the family has been very pleased with the results.  Read More

Study: Ibuprofen Safe for Infants Under 6 Months

Posted on Jul 25, 2018 in Children's Services, Research, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Ibuprofen is as safe for children under 6 months old as it is for those over that age, according to a recently published study on PLOS ONE by Dr. Paul Walsh, the medical director of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Pediatric Emergency Department.

Dr. Paul Walsh cares for a child in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not allow ibuprofen to be sold over-the-counter for parents to treat their sick children under the age of 6 months.  This has led to some pediatricians and family physicians to avoid ibuprofen in these infants. While there is significant information on ibuprofen’s safety for children over 6 months old, there was much less research on its use for infants under 6 months. Some community physicians and most hospital-based pediatric emergency departments as well as neonatal and pediatric intensive care units traditionally have used ibuprofen in these younger infants, said Dr. Walsh, the principal investigator of the study.

“While fever of itself is unlikely to be harmful, it can lead to fussiness and feeding refusal. This can lead to dehydration and an ill appearance,” Dr. Walsh said. “In this scenario, if acetaminophen alone isn’t bringing down the fever, an appropriate dose of Ibuprofen should be prescribed to reduce the fever, allow re-establishment of feeding and, in some cases, prevent unnecessary lab testing.” Read More

SeaWorld Brings Penguins, Alligators to Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento

Posted on May 9, 2018 in Children's Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It was a wild day at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento as penguins walked down the hallways, an alligator sat on the playroom table and hedgehogs, a lemur and possums drew the attention of children, families and employees throughout the morning.

De’Andrae was fascinated with the penguin that SeaWorld brought to visit Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento on Wednesday.

SeaWorld brought its animal ambassadors to the pediatric unit of the hospital on Wednesday while on a stopover to the state capitol.

As part of SeaWorld’s commitment to education and wildlife conservation, the park visited Sacramento with some special animal friends. SeaWorld is dedicated to improving the lives of marine animals and protecting the health of our blue planet. Meeting animals up close provides the connection that makes people care more about wild species and wild places.

“We are thrilled that SeaWorld visited us today,” said Amy Medovoy, child life coordinator, Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento. “It’s pretty exciting for everyone to have the opportunity to visit with these animals and get so much closer to the than you typically can at the zoo.”

The visit was uplifting for everyone – from toddlers to hospital staff. Read More

Sutter ICUs Receive Beacon Awards for Critical-Care Excellence

Posted on May 4, 2018 in Cardiac, Quality, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, We're Awesome

SACRAMENTO – Two intensive-care units at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento received the prestigious Beacon Award for Excellence, given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) to laud hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes.

The Beacon Award for Excellence provides gold, silver and bronze levels of recognition to hospital units that exemplify excellence in professional practice, patient care and outcomes. Sutter Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Surgery ICU received the gold award, and the Med ICU the silver. Recognition continues for three years. Read More

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Receives National Environmental Awards

Posted on Apr 18, 2018 in Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Transformation, Uncategorized, We're Awesome

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In recognition of successful programs to reduce its environmental impact, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento received two awards from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. Partner for Change and Greening the OR are two of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health-care sector.

The Partner for Change Award recognizes health-care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas. Read More

App Created to Educate Clinicians, Public about Chest-Wall Deformities

Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in Cardiac, Children's Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Uncategorized

“The Pectus Clinic” app is available for free on all smartphones.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento congenital cardiothoracic surgeon Teimour Nasirov, M.D., is on a mission to educate the public and physicians on chest-wall deformities. He created a free app called “The Pectus Clinic” that describes common chest-wall deformities, their diagnosis, as well as conservative and surgical management. It is available for all smartphones by searching “pectus.”

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has one of the few programs in the United States that offer chest-wall deformity surgeries for both children and adults.

Dr. Nasirov said that he wanted to create a simple-to-use application to provide information to clinicians as well as public in general on signs, symptoms, work-up and management of the most common chest-wall deformities. Read More