News You Can Use

(From the July 2018 Issue of MedStat)

Nationwide Children’s Named to U.S. News Honor Roll

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has once again been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll at number seven. Honor Roll is a top distinction, awarded to only 10 children’s hospitals nationally. The 2018-19 Honor Roll designation marks the fifth consecutive year the hospital has received this recognition. Nationwide Children’s has also been recognized in all 10 specialties for eight consecutive years. To view all rankings, read the news release.

Ebola Awareness and Monitoring

There is a small outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The World Health Organization has stated the risk at the global level is low. Nationwide Children’s Emergency Preparedness team and the Special Pathogens Steering Committee will continue to monitor news from the WHO and CDC.

Fast facts:

  • Ninth Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo since Ebola was first detected there in 1976.
  • This outbreak has not been declared as an international threat by the World Health Organization.
  • There are no travel restrictions in or out of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Travel history should be obtained from any patient/ family if a patient has Ebola-like signs or symptoms.

Update: Child Abuse Assessments

Nationwide Children’s Hospital recently defended a federal lawsuit in which families alleged that the hospital’s assessment for suspected child abuse violated the families’ Constitutional rights. The courts denied this challenge and held that child abuse assessments performed in accordance with the medical standard of care cannot be used as a basis to hold medical providers liable for Constitutional violations. This supports the common medical practice of assessing children with suspicious injuries to ensure that they have not suffered additional injuries. In addition, Ohio law requires us to report any concern (question) of child abuse/neglect that we have. Please continue to report these cases and discuss with the families the need for protection while not accusing any person(s).