Variation in perioperative care across centers for infants undergoing the Norwood procedure.
ABSTRACT In the Single Ventricle Reconstruction trial, infants undergoing the Norwood procedure were randomly allocated to undergo a right ventricle-to-pulmonary artery shunt or a modified Blalock-Taussig shunt. Apart from shunt type, subjects received the local standard of care. We evaluated variation in perioperative care during the Norwood hospitalization across 14 trial sites.
Data on preoperative, operative, and postoperative variables for 546 enrolled subjects who underwent the Norwood procedure were collected prospectively on standardized case report forms, and variation across the centers was described.
Gestational age, birth weight, and proportion with hypoplastic left heart syndrome were similar across sites. In contrast, all recorded variables related to preoperative care varied across centers, including fetal diagnosis (range, 55%-85%), preoperative intubation (range, 29%-91%), and enteral feeding. Perioperative and operative factors were also variable across sites, including median total support time (range, 74-189 minutes) and other perfusion variables, arch reconstruction technique, intraoperative medication use, and use of modified ultrafiltration (range, 48%-100%). Additional variation across centers was seen in variables related to postoperative care, including proportion with an open sternum (range, 35%-100%), median intensive care unit stay (range, 9-44 days), type of feeding at discharge, and enrollment in a home monitoring program (range, 1%-100%; 5 sites did not have a program). Overall, in-hospital death or transplant occurred in 18% (range across sites, 7%-39%).
Perioperative care during the Norwood hospitalization varies across centers. Further analysis evaluating the underlying causes and relationship of this variation to outcome is needed to inform future studies and quality improvement efforts.
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ABSTRACT: Background Despite resource burdens associated with hospital readmission, there remains little multiinstitutional data available to identify children at risk for readmission following congenital heart surgery.Methods and ResultsChildren undergoing congenital heart surgery and discharged home between January of 2011 and December 2012 were identified within the Pediatric Health Information System database, a multiinstitutional collection of clinical and administrative data. Patient discharges were assigned to derivation and validation cohorts for the purposes of predictive model design, with 17 871 discharges meeting inclusion criteria. Readmission within 30 days was noted following 956 (11%) of discharges within the derivation cohort (n = 9104), with a median time to readmission of 9 days (interquartile range [IQR] 5–18 days). Readmissions resulted in a rehospitalization length of stay of 4 days (IQR 2–8 days) and were associated with an intensive care unit (ICU) admission in 36% of cases. Independent perioperative predictors of readmission included Risk Adjustment in Congenital Heart Surgery score of 6 (odds ratio [OR] 2.6, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.8–3.7, P < .001) and ICU length of stay of at least 7 days (OR 1.9 95% CI 1.6–2.2, P < .001). Demographic predictors included Hispanic ethnicity (OR 1.2, 95% CI 1.1–1.4, P = .014) and government payor status (OR 1.2, 95% CI 1.1–1.4, P = .007). Predictive model performance was modest among validation cohort (c statistic 0.68, 95% CI 0.66–0.69, P < .001).Conclusions Readmissions following congenital heart surgery are common and associated with significant resource consumption. While we describe independent predictors that may identify patients at risk for readmission prior to hospital discharge, there likely remains other unreported factors that may contribute to readmission following congenital heart surgery.Congenital Heart Disease 09/2014; · 1.01 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Hypoplastic left heart syndrome, the most common complex congenital heart malformation, is characterized by underdeveloped left-sided heart structures. The Norwood procedure followed by two-staged operations has permitted the extended survival of many of these patients. Survival, however, remains suboptimal with most of the morbidity and mortality occurring during the Norwood procedure hospitalization. The modified Blalock-Taussig shunt has been implicated in contributing to the mortality risk due to decreased systemic diastolic blood pressure and coronary perfusion. Therefore, the right ventricle-to-pulmonary artery shunt was recently reevaluated as a lower-risk source of pulmonary blood flow in the Norwood procedure. The Pediatric Heart Network Single Ventricle Reconstruction trial, sponsored by the NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, evaluated the two types of shunts during the Norwood procedure. This randomized clinical trial has yielded important insight into the effects of shunt selection on morbidity, mortality, hemodynamics and overall current outcomes for hypoplastic left heart syndrome.Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy 12/2013; 11(12):1691-700.
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ABSTRACT: Achieving adequate growth after stage 1 palliation for children with single-ventricle heart defects often requires supplemental nutrition through enteral tubes. Significant practice variability exists between centers in the choice of feeding tube. The impact of feeding modality on the growth of patients with a single ventricle after stage 1 palliation was examined using the multiinstitutional National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative data registry. Characteristics of patients were compared by feeding modality, defined as oral only, nasogastric tube only, oral and nasogastric tube, gastrostomy tube only, and oral and gastrostomy tube. The impact of feeding modality on change in weight for age z-score during the interstage period, from stage 1 palliation discharge to stage 2 palliation, was evaluated by multivariable linear regression, adjusting for important patient characteristics and postoperative morbidities. In this cohort of 465 patients, all groups demonstrated improved weight for age z-score during the interstage period with a mean increase of 0.3 ± 0.8. In multivariable analysis, feeding modality was not associated with differences in the change in weight for age z-score during the interstage period (P = .72). Risk factors for poor growth were a diagnosis of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (P = .003), vocal cord injury (P = .007), and lower target caloric goal at discharge (P = .001). In this large multicenter cohort, interstage growth improved for all groups and did not differ by feeding modality. With appropriate caloric goals and interstage monitoring, adequate growth may be achieved regardless of feeding modality and therefore local comfort and complication risk should dictate feeding modality.The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 02/2014; · 3.41 Impact Factor