Radiology Adds
Saturday Hours
Beginning October 17

The All Children’s Hospital Radiology Department is now open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the following studies, performed without sedation or anesthesia:

• CT
• Fetal MRI
• Ultrasound
• X-ray
• Fluoroscopy

Please call 727-767-4126 for scheduling. We are glad to be of service to your patients and their families.

November 7
Practical Pediatrics Highlights Pediatric Infectious Disease

Please join us for the final Practical Pediatrics program of 2009:

Practical Pediatrics for Our Clinical Colleagues: Infectious Disease

Juan A. Dumois, III, MD, Program Chair

Topics: MRSA, Top Pediatric Guidelines of the Last Year, Rarely Encountered Vaccine Preventable Diseases, and How to Use Antibiotics in Children

Saturday, November 7
Noon – 4:15 pm

Manatee Memorial Hospital
206 2nd Street East
Bradenton, FL 34208

A maximum of 4 AMA PRA Credits will be offered at this luncheon program.

Registration is required as seating is limited. Please register at For further information, email

Due to the prevalence of H1N1 flu virus in the community, the All Children’s Emergency Center is seeing record numbers of patients. Apart from our efforts to cope with the surge of EC patients, our greatest resource for managing most of the patients with flu-like symptoms is the primary care physician. Appropriate phone triage and keeping patients at home go a long way in preventing both unnecessary EC visits and transmission of the virus. Most of the patients presenting to the EC with flu-like symptoms do not require testing or treatment. Please avoid sending patients for “testing only” as the patients have to be checked in to the EC for evaluation by an EC physician. Children who are at low risk for complications due to H1N1 usually have a mild illness in which neither testing nor a prescription for antiviral medication is needed. The EC physician will make a decision about antiviral treatment based on clinical judgment and CDC guidelines. Click the following links to view these algorithms:

We have noted a shortage of the Tamiflu® suspension. Many pharmacies will compound the suspension for the patient. It helps to write on your prescription: “OK to compound” as this will avoid a phone call from the pharmacies to authorize it. The Pinellas County Health Department is distributing antiviral medications for free. The All Children’s Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy will compound Tamiflu® and other medications during its weekday hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (phone 727-767-8933).

We are urging families to contact their primary care physicians and stay at home to prevent further spread of the virus. Families can go to to find a Flu Assessment Questionnaire for Parents that will help them evaluate whether a child needs to be seen by their doctor or a nearby emergency room, along with recommendations for how to provide comfort care at home.

If you have questions, please contact the ACH Emergency Center or our Infectious Disease specialists at 727-767-8311.

Please Welcome These New Physicians

Pediatric Cardiology, All Children’s Specialty Physicians

Kathryn Nardell, M.D.

Dr. Nardell is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, OH. She completed both her residency in pediatrics and her fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI. While at the University of Michigan she served on the pediatrics ethics committee.

Dr. Nardell is a member of the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography and the American College of Pediatric Echocardiography. Her special areas of clinical interest include general cardiology, noninvasive imaging, and fetal echocardiography.

All Children’s Hospitalists at Sarasota Memorial

Ibrahim Elsheikh, M.D.
Dr. Elsheikh received his medical degree from the Universidad Iberoamericano in Santo Domingo. He completed his pediatric residency at Case Western Reserve/Metro Medical Center in Cleveland.

Monthly Outreach Grand Rounds in Sarasota

Outreach Grand Rounds are held monthly at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The schedule for the remainder of 2009 is as follows:

Date Speaker Topic Room
19-Nov Danielle Sutton, PhD AAP Guidelines for Autism Identification, Evaluation, and Management Waldemere Medical Plaza-Magnolia Room
15-Dec David Cimino, MD, FAAP, FSAM Hormonal Contraceptives: Contraceptive and Other Uses SMH - Room 4AB