Quality and Outcomes Reports - Herma Heart Center
Surgical survival - Newborns
Why we measure it - Newborns (0-30 days old) in their delicate condition have a higher risk of complications after heart surgery. Our Herma Heart Center surgical team at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee generates some of the best survival outcomes in the country for newborns who have undergone heart surgery.
What this means -Herma Heart Center at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has a higher survival rate for newborns undergoing heart surgery compared with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
About the data - Newborns (0-30 days) discharge survival from 2008 through 2012 for all heart surgical procedures.
What we're doing to provide the best care:
- Our cardiothoracic surgeons have American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certificates in Congenital Heart Surgery.
- The Fetal Concerns Center of Wisconsin can diagnose many birth defects and other health concerns in unborn babies. This program also offers counseling and coordinates needed medical care for mother and baby.
- The Froedtert & Medical College Birth Center is housed inside Children's Hospital. This arrangement allows fragile newborns to be taken into surgery immediately, which improves survival outcomes. Mothers and babies also enjoy the benefit of being close together and family members only need to drive to one hospital location instead of two different medical centers for visitation.
- 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.
Home monitoring program:
- Children's Hospital is recognized worldwide for pioneering the first home monitoring program of its kind. This program dramatically improves infant survival rates after patients are sent home following complex heart surgery.
- Before leaving the hospital, parents are taught how to track their infant's food intake, weight gain or loss and oxygen levels daily and record fever or any secondary illnesses that may appear at home. By closely monitoring these high-risk babies, we are able to intervene earlier if a problem develops.
- Each patient has a management team made up of a core group of pediatric specialists. This multidisciplinary team includes a pediatric cardiologist, cardiac intensivist, dietitian, speech feeding specialist and social worker.
- 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.
- Babies cared for through our home monitoring program have lower hospital readmission rates than competing centers that don't offer a home monitoring program.
Patients and families: If your child is being treated for a heart defect:
- Be an advocate for your child. Participate in daily bedside clinical discussions, and 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.
- 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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