A patient at Children's has a shorter recovery time in the hospital when compared to the national average.
What does this data mean?
This graph shows how many days patients are in the hospital during and after common heart surgeries. It also compares the length of hospital stay at Children’s to the national average. A patient at Children’s has a shorter recovery time in the hospital when compared to the national average. This means kids get out of the hospital and back to being kids sooner.
Length of stay comparison data is available for the following procedures:
- Atrial septal defect (ASD) repair
- Ventricular septal defect (VSD) repair
- Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) repair
- Complete atrio-ventricular septal defect (CAVSD) repair
- Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) repair
- Ross, Ross-Konno, Konno
- Sub AS resection (Subvalvar aortic membrane resection)
- Transposition of the great arteries (TGA) with or without a VSD
- Norwood procedure
Why is the length of stay at Children's shorter than the national average?
- Children’s partners with parents to provide a smooth transition from hospital to home care. We teach parents during every step of the process, beginning before a child is admitted to surgery, and continuing through the child’s stay in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and the Step-down Unit. Before leaving the hospital, parents are required to attend a discharge class, where they learn how to take care of their child’s incisions, how to give medicine at home, problems that may arise, and when to call the doctor. Our commitment to providing parents with the skills and knowledge to take care of their child after surgery helps kids get out of the hospital and back to being kids soon
- After heart surgery, our patients are cared for in a pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, by a skilled and experienced cardiac team, including:
- Cardiac intensivists: pediatric cardiologists who have completed additional training in critical care
- Cardiac critical care nurses: nurses who have achieved certification in critical care nursing
- pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons, pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiac nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, pharmacologists, dieticians, child life specialists, chaplains, case managers and social workers