Congenital heart defects are the most common form of all birth defects, occurring in approximately 1 of every 100 births. The range of congenital heart defects varies from clinically benign or insignificant to the most complex and severe, which require medical, surgical or transcatheter-based treatments during the first weeks of life.
The Complex Neonatal Heart Program at the Children’s Heart Institute, a collaboration of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, UT Physicians and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, has a track record of outstanding results in providing patient-specific care to neonates born with the most complex heart defects. The skill and successes of affiliated physicians have positioned the children’s hospital among the top 35 in the nation in cardiology and heart surgery, according to U.S. News & World Report.
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A Highly Organized, Disciplined Approach
Affiliated team members use a highly organized, disciplined approach that allows them to provide quick and accurate fetal and postnatal diagnosis, perinatal medical management, surgical or catheter-based treatment and peri-procedural critical care management. They consistently push to develop more refined surgical approaches to repair or palliate heart defects for their neonatal patients with complex heart conditions, delivering optimal outcomes that have gained the hospital national recognitions.
Better Outcomes Through Weekly Performance Rounds
Through weekly performance rounds that focus on quality and safety evaluation of complex neonatal heart cases, the Children’s Heart Institute team identifies opportunities to elevate its performance. The affiliated team assesses more than mortality and morbidity, analyzing length of time on ventilators, antibiotic profiles and exposure, ICU and hospital length of stay, surgical site infections and other types of infection. Paying close attention to these metrics shows the team where they can improve their performance.
A Deep Investment in Caring for Neonates with Complex Heart Conditions
The Complex Neonatal Heart Program’s comprehensive programmatic approach distinguishes it from programs at other institutions. Affiliated clinicians on the team are deeply invested in caring for neonates with complex heart conditions. They thrive in a spirit of collaboration across all specialties and services – surgery, fetal heart, maternal-fetal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, anesthesia, critical care, nursing, perfusion and respiratory therapy. Their dedication to neonates with complex heart defects is what makes the program special.
A Top Society of Thoracic Surgeons Ranking
The Children’s Heart Institute is among the elite top 6% of congenital heart programs in the United States and Canada for patient care and outcomes, according to the Fall 2019 Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Congenital Heart Surgery Database Report of 118 STS-participating programs, the most recent data available. Thanks to close collaboration between the Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a dedicated pediatric Children’s Heart Institute Intensive Care Unit, critical neonatal heart patients have access to the highest level of specialized care. Using state-of-the-art surgical techniques and advanced medical therapies, physicians affiliated with the Complex Neonatal Heart Program offer patients with the most complex neonatal cardiac conditions the greatest opportunity for a normal life.