Children's Hospital Colorado

Q: Advances and Answers in Pediatric Health

By prioritizing and advancing research, education, clinical work and process improvement, we're speeding the integration of our discoveries into the clinical engine, helping patients in new and innovative ways. A unique and strong partnership with University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus provides fresh perspectives and invaluable expertise, as do our relationships with national and international research consortiums, industry partners and other children's hospitals.

It starts with a Q:

Like the kids we treat at Children's Hospital Colorado, we're creating a culture that continuously inspires curiosity. Doing so unlocks a new realm of pediatrics — one that swaps insular science and medicine for collaborative, progressive approaches to accelerating discovery.

Questions once asked within the silos of specific specialties are more and more commonly being addressed across multidisciplinary planes. These approaches are producing remarkable advances because here, we imagine the future and simultaneously create it.

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Kids and COVID-19

In March 2020, as positive cases were on the rise in Colorado, Drs. Abuogi and Smith-Anderson launched a study called Children and COVID-19 in Colorado (The CCC Study) that captures data on every patient diagnosed at Children’s Colorado. They’ve developed a comprehensive database with a wealth of information that will make it easier to observe patterns in how COVID-19 affects children.

Q: Can databasing information about COVID-19 in kids produce key insights about their care?

Young boy wearing a mask.
Doctor on telehealth conference

Virtual validation

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a rapid paradigm shift in clinical care. Children’s Colorado was largely prepared for that shift from a technological standpoint — thanks to years of prior work by its telehealth team. Now nearly a year later, the focus is on optimization, elevating telehealth from simple service offering to a fully integrated, sustainable model. To make this happen, the Department of Pediatrics and nearly every clinical program is assessing and addressing factors that often hamper experiences.

Q: Can we fine-tune telehealth to create a seamless experience for our patients and providers?

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Suite talk

Demand for interventional radiology procedures, or IR, has led Children’s Colorado to significantly expand the department. A nearly two-year construction project recently produced a set of comprehensive suites complete with two new ultrasound machines, a dedicated outpatient area for clinic consults and follow-ups, and two state-of-the-art angiography machines (the ARTIS pheno and icono biplane) from Siemens Healthineers.

Q: Can a set of new, fully equipped interventional radiology suites help meet service line demand?

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Prime the pump

Theoretically, wound infusion pumps should help lower narcotic use after cesarean delivery. Due to the heterogeneity of previous studies, there’s conflicting literature on effectiveness — leading to an inconsistent use in postoperative care regimens. A team of researchers initiated a study to demonstrate objectively that the addition of the wound infusion pump after cesarean delivery would decrease postoperative narcotic use by new moms. The results were significant.

Q: Can wound infusion pumps help reduce opioid use after cesarean delivery?

Illustration of airplane and hospital bed.

Flight pathways

The aviation industry has maintained a mind-bogglingly consistent safety record because of rigorous adherence not only to technical best practices, but to a universal communication standard called crew resource management. Known as crisis resource management, or CRM, in the healthcare industry, its application has been inconsistent. One doctor is working directly with United Airlines’ National Flight Training Center in Denver to change that.

Q: How many lives could standardized communication practices save?

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Bubble up

From diagnosis before birth, children with congenital heart defects need frequent echocardiograms to evaluate their heart function, at least once a year and often far more — but images get harder to gather over time. Last year, Children’s Colorado became the first center in the U.S. to use a contrast-enhancing agent in pediatric heart patients. Now, they’re exploring new possibilities.

Q: Could tiny fat bubbles improve echocardiograms in kids and teens?

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