The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Heart Center performs hundreds of heart surgeries each year. And because quality of care is our highest priority, we monitor our cardiac surgical and non-surgical outcomes and volumes to provide accurate and up-to-date information to patients and their families. Our focus on outcomes strengthens our mission is to continually improve and help our heart patients live healthy lives.
To support our commitment to transparency, we publicly report our outcomes on our website and through the U.S. News & World Report, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) and the Conquering CHD Hospital Navigator. We also submit data to various clinical data registries and collaboratives, which allows us to compare ourselves to other pediatric heart centers to continuously improve the outcomes for our patients.
The clinical data registries and collaboratives include:
- Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Congenital Heart Surgery Database for surgical outcomes. The STS has the largest congenital heart surgery database in the nation. Data from more than 100 hospitals is captured by STS to compare outcomes between heart programs across the country. We compare our outcomes to other STS pediatric heart surgery centers.
- Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4) data registry for all medical and surgical patients admitted to a cardiac intensive care unit (CICU).
- Pediatric Acute Care Cardiology Collaborative (PAC3) data registry for all patients in a cardiac acute care unit (CACU).
- National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC), which encompasses clinical process and outcomes data centered on the care of infants with single ventricle heart disease from prenatal diagnosis through their first year of life.
- Improving Pediatric and Adult Congenital Treatment (IMPACT) data registry for pediatric and adult CHD patients who undergo diagnostic catheterizations and catheter-based interventions.
- Clinical Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative (CNOC) clinical registry, a multicenter, multinational, collaborative data resource that works to optimize neurodevelopmental outcomes for individuals with pediatric and congenital heart disease.
- Pediatric Heart Transplant Society (PHTS), an international prospective, event-driven database for children undergoing heart transplantation.
View volume data for Children's cardiac procedures, cardiothoracic surgery cases and catheterization procedures.
View survival rates and length of stay by STAT category and one and three-year survival rates for heart transplant patients at Children's
Survival Rates by Procedure
The following procedures are common cardiothoracic procedures used by STS to compare the performance of surgical centers across the country.
A central line, also known as a central venous line, or CVL, is a special type of intravenous line. A central line-associated bloodstream infection, or CLABSI, happens when bacteria, or more rarely fungus, grows in your child's central line or bloodstream. A CLABSI is serious and requires that your child get antibiotics immediately. If not handled correctly, it can even cause death. Your child's care team follows guidelines to help prevent your child from getting a CLABSI.
Throughout 2020 (December 2019 to November 2020), our Heart Center had a low rate of CLABSIs, performing much better than other pediatric hospitals that are also members of the Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS), a national children's network of hospitals sharing a common vision of preventing serious harm in hospitalized children. SPS is used as a benchmark to measure patient safety.
The Future of Pediatric Care
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