Quality and Outcomes Reports - Herma Heart Center
Surgical survival - Overall
Why we measure it -Overwhelmingly, survival is the first and most important statistic parents and others ask about. We measure early survival as 30 days after the operation and until the patient is discharged from the hospital.
What this means - The Herma Heart Center at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has a consistently high early survival rate for all children undergoing heart surgery and a higher survival rate than the Society of Thoracic Surgeons comparative population.
About the data - This graph reflects survival rates for patients with congenital heart surgery. These data are publicly reported to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for benchmarking purposes.
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What we're doing to provide the best care:
- We have the only cardiothoracic surgeons in the state of Wisconsin with American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certificates in Congenital Heart Surgery.
Timely clinical research impacts real time care for our patients. Novel modifications in preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative patient management play a key role in continuing to improve our outcomes. Some examples of our clinical research focused on postoperative care are:
- Goal-directed postoperative management techniques ensure patients are recovering appropriately.
- Reviewing and ensuring access to care.
- Routinely reviewing cardiac cases and looking at opportunities to improve care.
- We closely monitor any change we make to see if it affects outcomes positively or negatively, including changes in:
- Operative technique.
- Timing of surgery.
- Postoperative care.
- Communications among the health care team members.
- We continue to improve heart/lung bypass techniques in the operating room.
Patients and families:
- Make sure your child has a dental check-up before surgery and is free of mouth sores and infections.
- Talk with your doctor about the timing of immunizations related to surgery.
- Prepare your child mentally for the surgery and hospitalization. Ask for a Child Life Specialist and take a tour of the hospital.
- Be an advocate for your child. Participate in daily bedside clinical discussions, provide any information about your child that may be helpful to staff.
- Follow medical instructions fully and carefully before and after surgery.
- Ask questions if you don't understand the plan of care or if you are not sure how to care for your child at home.
- Attend any and all follow-up appointments.
- Protect your child from environmental risks such as second-hand smoke and other ill children.
- Fill out and fax a referral form prior to sending the patient to Children's Hospital for outpatient ancillary services or a specialty clinic visit.
- Forward any pertinent patient documentation, including test results, to the specialty physician's office prior to the patient's visit.
- Referring physicians can access our specialists for consultation or transport 24 hours a day. Call our physician referral line at (800) 266-0366.
- Health care providers from outside of our southeastern Wisconsin service area are encouraged to use our web-based
e-Consult service. This service is available for non-urgent patient cases only and gives providers access to our specialists to review patient cases, obtain medical advice or second opinions, and receive care recommendations for rare symptoms and illnesses.
e-Consult is not to be used by the general public, parents/guardians or families.
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- Pocket Directory
If you have questions about this information, email us or call (414) 266-6556.