Heart Surgery Outcomes :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Heart Surgery Featured Success

2012 - Heart Surgery Quality Outcomes

According to the latest Society of Thoracic Surgery (STS) database, The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s outcomes rank among the best among high-volume centers for both children and adults undergoing congenital heart surgery. The Heart Center’s 2011 mortality rate for children was 1.9% and for adults 0%, while the 4-year (2008–2011) average for children was 0.5% and adults 0.8%.

Chart for Mortality Rates for RACHS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Our bloodless, open-heart surgery target was 50%. And we exceeded it.

Chart for Bloodless Surgery Rate

With the goal of limiting or eliminating blood transfusion, our comprehensive team of perioperative nurses, cardiologists, intensivists, anesthesiologists and perfusionists work together, and have the expertise to deliver the latest advances, developments, standards and nonblood therapies. As pioneers in bloodless surgery, we accept the responsibility for setting standards and teaching others to the benefit of all patients everywhere.

A multidisciplinary team delivering tailored care leads to better cardiothoracic surgical outcomes.

Chart for Cardiothoracic Surgery Outcomes

Heart Transplant Outcomes

  • 93% 30-day survival (expected national average 92%)
  • 88% 1-year survival (expected national average 84%)

Lung Transplant Outcomes

  • 92.4% 1- and 2-year survival (expected national average 77%)

2010 - Heart Surgery Quality Outcomes

  • According to the Society of Thoracic Surgery (STS) database, among all high volume ranked centers, The Heart Center maintains low mortality rates of 1.2% (children < 18 yrs.) and 0.8% (adults >18 yrs.) for cases with the highest case complexity.
  • Baby boy born at 29 weeks gestation and 1.5 kilos with type B interrupted aortic arch, inlet ventricular septal defect with interventricular hemorrhages and subarachnoid bleeds, and DiGeorge syndrome. Given the concern for making the neurological insults worse by going on bypass, the patient underwent a Hybrid Stage 1 procedure, which allowed him to grow, and allowed his brain to recover and develop. He did very well and at age 6 months, weighing 5.2 kg, he underwent full repair of his aortic arch, removal of the PDA stent, removal of the PA bands and closure of his VSD. He is now 18 months old and developing normally with no neurological or cardiac issues.
Cardiothoracic Surgery Total Cases Chart
Cardiothoracic Surgery Median Length of Stay (Days) Chart
Cardiothoracic Surgery Outcomes Chart
Cardiothoracic Surgery Cases Chart

Featured Heart Center Quality Initiatives

The Heart Center Snapshot: Quality Initiatives and Program Outcomes
This book features a snapshot of quality initiatives and program outcomes from The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
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