Quality and Outcomes Reports - Herma Heart Center
Surgical survival - Risk-adjustedWhy we measure it - Surgeries performed at Herma Heart Center vary from straightforward procedures to very complex operations. We categorize each type of surgery by using the risk adjustment congenital heart surgery (RACHS) classification system. Our survival rates for more complex surgeries are higher than other pediatric centers based on comparison information from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
What this means -Surgeries with lower group numbers are considered less risky and have higher survival rates. Surgeries with larger group numbers are considered riskier and more complicated and survival rates may decrease. Herma Heart Center has higher or equivalent survival rates for children undergoing heart surgery than the Society of Thoracic Surgeon's national averages in all group RACHS-1 categories.
About the data - RACHS stands for risk adjustment for congenital heart surgery and is a system used to classify heart procedures. Group 1 represents the most straightforward procedures and Group 5 represents the most complicated. RACHS-1 categories are based on the Aristotle Basic Complexity Level. The data displayed are survival percentages for all heart surgeries performed from July 2008 through June 2012 at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee as compared to survival percentages for Society of Thoracic Surgeon peers.
What we're doing to provide the best care:
- Our cardiothoracic surgeons have American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certificates in Congenital Heart Surgery.
- We initiated a home monitoring program that dramatically improved infant survival rates after patients were sent home following complex heart surgery. Our registered dietitians develop effective nutritional feeding plans to promote normal weight gain for babies before and after their surgery.
- Our lactation specialists are available to assist and support mothers with hospitalized infants.
- Our Developmental Follow-up Clinic offers early intervention services for infants and toddlers that have had 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 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 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.
- 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
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