Quality and Outcomes Reports - Herma Heart Center
Surgical survival by procedure
Why we measure it - Our cardiothoracic surgeons at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee are internationally known for their innovative surgical techniques. These techniques combined with our exceptional patient care standards have a direct impact on our survival rates for the Non-neonatal Tetrology Repair, Fontan and Arterial Switch heart procedures.
What this means - Our survival rates for Non-neonatal Tetralogy Repair and Fontan procedures are 100 percent and higher than other pediatric centers nationwide. Our survival rate for the Arterial Switch procedure is also 100 percent.
About the data - This data reflects survival rates for patients undergoing congenital heart surgery for these select procedures compared to Pediatric Hospital Information System (PHIS) peers. PHIS hospitals represent other leading free-standing pediatric hospitals.
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. Our extensive clinical experience, strict care standards and quality improvement initiatives ensure that we provide the best care throughout each patient's entire stay with us.
- We continue to improve heart/lung bypass techniques in the operating room.
- 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 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 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 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 and is free of mouth sores and infections.
- Talk with your doctor about the timing of immunizations related to surgery.
- 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.
- 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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