Quality and Outcomes Reports - Herma Heart Center
Surgical survival - Overall
Why we measure it - When a child is diagnosed with congenital heart disease, parents want to know what type of surgery their child needs and what the survival rates are after the surgery. Herma Heart Center specialists measure early survival as 30 days after the operation.
What this means - Herma Heart Center has higher survival rates, 97.3 percent compared to 96.5 percent, for all children undergoing congenital heart surgery than the Society of Thoracic Surgeons comparative population.
About the data - This graph shows survival rates for patients with congenital heart surgery. These data are publicly reported to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for benchmarking purposes.
What we're doing to provide the best care:
- Our cardiothoracic surgeons have American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certificates in Congenital Heart Surgery.
- Our patient-centered care focuses on our patients' overall experience before, during and after surgery. Strict protocols and quality improvement efforts are put into place to ensure we provide the best care throughout each patient's entire stay with us.
- Our commitment to quality, advancements in surgical techniques and improvements in follow-up care allow us to achieve some of the best surgical outcomes in the nation.
- Our Child Life Specialists help to calm and relax your child before and after a heart procedure. They also help to bring down anxiety levels for siblings and their families too. They also provide entertainment options such as music, movies, games and toys and suggest distraction and relaxation techniques to help patients and their families get through the surgery.
- Our Developmental Follow-up Clinic offers early intervention services for infants and toddlers that have undergone heart surgery. Follow-up evaluations are scheduled every six months up through age three. A highly specialized developmental pediatrician coordinates care and evaluates your child during each follow-up visit.
- Families traveling from long distances are encouraged to use our Family Accommodations Program. This program helps families make travel arrangements and schedule and coordinate appointments. Children's Hospital has partnered with non-profit organizations like Ronald McDonald House and Kathy's House to offer comfortable, "home away from home" accommodations. Local hotel chains on our referral list also offer discounts for families.
Patients and families: If your child is being treated for a heart defect:
- Make sure your child has a dental check-up before surgery. Your child should also be free of mouth sores or infections. Call your child's doctor if you have questions.
- Talk with your doctor about the timing of immunizations related to surgery.
- Prepare your child mentally for the surgery and hospitalization. Ask for help from 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 second-hand smoke and other ill children or adults.
- 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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