Akron Children's Hospital's Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders is committed to giving children and teens who are fighting cancer and blood disorders the best chance of survival and quality of life.
Our staff is involved in a number of quality improvement projects. Two major projects in 2010 included our center's lead role in a national collaborative to reduce central line infections among our patient population and efforts to deliver IV antibiotics to patients at greatest risk for serious infection within one hour of arrival to our outpatient clinic, inpatient unit or ER.
In 2010, national groups reviewed our hematology-oncology program and found that we are delivering high quality care. The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer awarded our program a 3-year accreditation award with commendation. In addition, the National Marrow Donor Program accepted us into its organization as a Pediatric Transplant Center.
In 2010, Akron Children's Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders treated 70 new cancer patients, with 64 diagnosed at our Akron campus and 6 diagnosed at our Beeghly campus in Boardman. Of these patients, 44% were under the age of 10.
In 2010, 63% of new cancer diagnoses at Akron Children's Hospital were leukemia, brain tumors or lymphomas.
In 2010, clinical activity in Akron Children's cancer and blood disorders center continued to grow, with 495 bleeding/clotting patients and 126 sickle cell patients followed regularly.
There were 105 inpatient consults, 628 new patients referred to our outpatient clinic and 8 oncology deaths.
Other clinical activity included:
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