Friday Facts (March 4, 2022)
March 4, 2022
New To CCPN: Welcome To Our Newest Physicians
Cook Children’s 3D aPPROaCH Lab Is Available For Your Use
Did you know that Cook Children’s has a full functioning 3D Lab inside the medical center and it’s available for use by all physicians?
The 3D Lab was established in 2016 by Steve Muyskens, M.D., through the generosity of the Cook Children’s Health Foundation and individual donors. The initial focus was to facilitate CV surgery in pre-operative planning of complex congenital heart disease.
Since its inception, the lab has created more than 30 complex cardiac models, greatly enhancing both physician and family understanding. In 2020, Luke Vierkant RT(R)(MR) was hired as the Lead 3D Lab Technician to further grow the 3D Lab’s scope and technological abilities.
Currently, the 3D lab prints models for Cardiology/CV Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery. Our goal is to improve the care of all patients at Cook Children’s by improving surgical outcomes and education of our staff and by understanding of our patients’ families.
The 3D Lab offers a comprehensive set of 3D services including:
If you are interested in utilizing the 3D Lab, please personally reach out to Dr. Muyskens or Luke or send an email to 3DLab@cookchildrens.org.
Message from Office of Physician Well-being: A Survey On Leadership And Physician Burnout
As you are hopefully aware, CCPN has initiated efforts to mitigate burnout and promote well-being. It is well known that the majority of burnout is caused by local (clinic level) factors basically in two broad categories:
It’s no surprise to doctors that to deal with a problem, we quantify it. Our efforts regarding these issues will require measurement and will, therefore, rely on your participation.
The task issue will be measured later in the year with another Maslach Survey, which many of you took a few years ago. On March 7, we will send you the Mayo Clinic Leader Index Questions as a measurement of your interactions with your medical directors.
This validated instrument will take about five minutes to complete. As with all burnout-related matters, your answers will be kept confidential. It will be available for you to take from March 7-21.
The purpose of the survey is to gauge the extent to which your current leadership situation increases or lessens the likelihood of physicians in your clinic experiencing burnout. It is not meant as a measure of your medical director’s talents but rather a look at how the process of leading your clinic might be improved or, hopefully, emulated and reproduced throughout the system.
CCPN leadership recognizes they may not have provided medical directors with sufficient training or resources to lead their clinics, especially as this task has become much more complex. The network has nascent efforts to help in that regard. This focus on burnout will look at clinic physicians and how clinic-level processes might change to make your job a bit easier.
Sara and I ask that you take the time to complete this short questionnaire. To demonstrably improve the situation for CCPN physicians, we need to know from whence we start and collecting data trumps making guesses.
If you have questions about this or any burnout-related matter, please reach out to us or any of the physician wellness committee members:
Sara Garza, M.D. and Kirk Pinto, M.D., MBA
CCPN Office of Physician Well-being
Cook Children’s Continues To Be A Leader In Cholesterol Screening
Thanks to the dedication of our health care professionals, Cook Children’s continues to be among the top in the nation in following the pediatric cholesterol-screening guidelines endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics!
Why is cholesterol screening in children important?
Cholesterol Screening Guidelines
Targeted screening in all children >2 years-of-age in whom:
Universal screening of all children 10 years-of-age (range 9-11 years), regardless of health, the presence or absence of CVD risk factors or family history, and, if normal, repeated between 17-21 years of age. Click here for more information from Bright Futures.
For more information, consultations and referrals please contact:
The Cardiovascular Health and Risk Prevention Program
Why should YOU have YOUR cholesterol tested?
Update to Epic Ordering Beginning Next Week
The order source “per protocol- no co-signature required” will be removed effective March 9. The reason for this is “per protocol- no co-signature required” is being selected when there is not a protocol in place. With this update, we will no longer be requiring medication orders for NS flushes and NS nebs. These products do not legally require a medication order and removing them from the MAR will prevent providers from having to co-sign this large volume of orders. Both products will remain in Epic as medications just in case a provider wants to schedule them on a patient’s MAR.
A New Resource On Dietary Supplements and Natural Ingredients Information
Schwarz Health Sciences Library has acquired Natural Medicines, an authoritative resource on dietary supplements, natural medicines, and complementary alternative and integrative therapies produced by the Therapeutic Research Center (TRC).
Natural Medicines provides information on 90,000-plus commercial dietary supplements and natural ingredients, including product data and the evidence-based NMBER® rating system. Other key features include drug-supplement interaction data, comparative effectiveness charts and patient handouts.
Major databases include:
Additional tools include an interaction checker, nutrient depletion, effectiveness checker, pregnancy and lactation checker, and more.
To access visit the Schwarz Health Sciences Library website.
Cook Children's Pediatrics Allen Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Cook Children’s Pediatrics Allen and the office of Dr. Todd Johnson held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 3, with the Allen Fairview Chamber of Commerce.
Respiratory Outpatient Clinic (ROC) Closing
The Respiratory Outpatient Clinic (ROC) is closing from March 4 until the fall.
Knowing that every child's life is sacred, it is the Promise of Cook Children's to improve the health of every child through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury.