Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

Monday, October 24, 2016

New research at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital characterizes pediatric injuries onboard commercial airline flights

CLEVELAND – In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (UH Rainbow) found that lap infants may be at greater risk for injury on a commercial airline flight than older children traveling in their own seats or using in-flight restraints.

The study analyzed in-flight medical events (IFMEs) on flights worldwide between January 2009 and January 2014 and found 35 percent of all pediatric in-flight injuries occurred in passengers under the age of 2. The researchers found that the most common mechanism of injury was scalding burns from hot beverages or soups spilled on a child, followed by falls from the seat involving lap infants.

The study, conducted in partnership with Dr. Paulo Alves and Dr. Neil Nerwich of MedAire, an International SOS company, characterizes the incidence of IFMEs affecting children with specific focus on injury-related events. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s and Nationwide Children’s Hospital report successful first year of The Congenital Heart Collaborative

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s (UH Rainbow) and Nationwide Children’s Hospital became Ohio’s leading heart center for kids and adults with congenital heart disease last summer by combining their talent and resources in pediatric heart care and cardiothoracic surgery.

“The Congenital Heart Collaborative is an innovative care model that has strengthened pediatric cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery programs in Cleveland and Columbus through meaningful clinical integration and optimal patient-and family-centered care,” says Patti DePompei, RN, MSN, President, UH Rainbow and UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital.
“It is important that we continuously improve our models of care to meet the demands of the ever-changing health care industry, and we are fortunate to have found a great partner with shared vision and values in Nationwide Children’s Hospital.”

The Collaborative is built around the concept of “one program, two campuses” and is led by Timothy Feltes, MD, FACC, and Mark Galantowicz, MD, FACS, both of whom are co-directors of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rainbow Care Connection improves health care for Cleveland’s children

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (UH Rainbow) innovative physician extension team (PET)* model, called the UH Rainbow Care Connection, effectively improved access and care for children with complex chronic conditions and behavioral health problems over a four-year award period. Since the model’s inception, UH Rainbow has seen a significant decrease in hospitalizations for children with behavioral health conditions (57%) and medically complex children (25%). The study also recorded a decrease in unnecessary visits to the emergency department (22%) for all children.

In 2012, UH Rainbow received a $12.7 million Health Care Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). To effectuate the award, UH created one of the first pediatric accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the country -- called UH Rainbow Care Connection -- to enhance health care for more than 200,000 children in northeast Ohio, one-third of whom are Medicaid enrollees. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Study shows acetaminophen can be tolerated by children with mild, persistent asthma

CLEVELAND – A new study finds young children with mild, persistent asthma, can tolerate acetaminophen without the worsening of asthma, when compared with ibuprofen use. The study, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) asthma network (AsthmaNet), appears in the August 18, 2016, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

“Previous observational studies had suggested that acetaminophen use was associated with asthma symptoms,” says Kristie Ross, MD, MS, Clinical Director, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy/Immunology and Sleep Medicine at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital (UH Rainbow) and co-author on the study. “Results from this randomized controlled study showed that in young children with mild asthma, acetaminophen used as needed was not associated with increased asthma flares or more asthma symptoms.  These findings can help us reassure parents of young children with asthma that they can continue to use acetaminophen on an as needed basis and as directed to treat pain and fever without concern that it will worsen asthma symptoms.”

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

First cancer patient in Ohio receives Proton Therapy Treatment

LITTLETON, Mass., July 26, 2016 – Mevion Medical Systems, the leader in compact proton therapy, is announcing that University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland used the industry-leading MEVION S250 proton therapy system to treat its first patient, a 24-year-old woman with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of sarcoma. The proton therapy treatment made history by being the first in the state of Ohio.

The new proton therapy center is located on the main campus of UH, directly between UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the elite National Cancer Institute-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University.

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