Quality and Outcomes Reports - Solid Organ Transplant
Volume - Overall
Why we measure it - Research shows that physicians and hospitals that treat a large number of patients tend to provide better care and have improved outcomes for treatments and procedures. This is especially true of transplants.
What this means - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has had continual increases in the overall numbers of solid organ transplants for the years indicated.
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What we're doing to provide the best care:
- Our 72-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is staffed by board-certified and pediatric-trained critical care specialists and anesthesiologists with subspecialty training in pediatric anesthesiology. Most are board-certified in multiple areas such as pediatric medicine, critical care and pain management.
- Anesthesiologists keep patients comfortable and safe during surgery and complex non-surgical procedures using a range of specialized medicines and equipment. Because children have different health care needs, experience sedating children is key to ensuring their safety. Sedatives are powerful medicines, and having a specialized, trained anesthesiologist at the bedside makes it safer for your child.
- Each patient has a transplant coordinator who closely manages the care before and after surgery.
- Children's Hospital's Solid Organ Transplant Program ranks in the top 25 percent of pediatric transplant programs for volume.
- We offer ABO-incompatible heart transplants, which decreases wait times and prevents wait-list deaths.
- We offer the Family Accommodations Program to help make travel arrangements and coordinate appointments for families traveling to our center from a long distance.
- Children's Hospital is one of the first centers with successful application of a virtual cross-match strategy for heart transplant patients. Virtual cross-match can lead to better outcomes and shorter wait-list times and allows transplant physicians to risk-stratify patients eligible for heart transplant. Collaborating with the BloodCenter of Wisconsin allows Children's Hospital to transplant more patients who are highly sensitized.
Patients and families:
- Take a virtual tour of Children's Hospital, which will help prepare you and your child for a hospital stay.
- 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 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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