Quality and Outcomes Reports - Herma Heart Center
Average Length of Stay by Procedure
Why we measure it - We realize how important it is to have a child stay in the hospital as long as medically necessary. The average time a child spends in the hospital depends on many different factors including the seriousness of the illness or injury and the medical treatment and therapies that are needed.
What this means - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is able to provide the highest quality of care while working to keep our average length of stay as low as possible. Our average length of stay for Fontan procedures is lower than our Pediatric Hospital Information System (PHIS) peers. PHIS hospitals represent other leading free-standing pediatric hospitals. Our average length of stay for non-neonatal tetrology repairs and neonate transposition of the great arteries is higher than our PHIS peers.
About the data - This data reflects the average number of days a child stays at Children's Hospital before going home after one of the three procedures listed on the graph.
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What we're doing to provide the best care:
- Our pediatric anesthesiologists and excellent Pediatric Intensive Care Unit staff have advanced training in cardiology practices. This helps us achieve great outcomes.
- We continue to improve our postoperative management techniques which allow patients to breathe on their own sooner after surgery. This also reduces length of stay and decreases the risk of complications associated with mechanical ventilation.
- We continue develop better processes and techniques before, during and after surgery to ensure a safe recovery for children undergoing heart surgery. This includes using medications that minimize the effects of heart-lung bypass and using state-of-the-art tools to measure how blood is flowing to the body which lets us know how well the heart is recovering.
Patients and families:
- 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.
- 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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