Improving and standardizing capture of pediatric cardiac surgical complications.

@article{Shanmugam2012ImprovingAS,
  title={Improving and standardizing capture of pediatric cardiac surgical complications.},
  author={Ganesh N Shanmugam and Lauren Lisa Clark and Hayley J Burton and Andrew E. Warren and Stacy B. O'Blenes and Camille L. Hancock Friesen},
  journal={The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  year={2012},
  volume={144 3},
  pages={570-6}
}
OBJECTIVE Our objective was to establish baseline data and develop a tool to allow for systematic evaluation of pediatric cardiac surgical complications. As a first step, we examined the incidence and distribution of complications, risk stratified by case complexity in a single institution. With improving mortality rates for congenital heart surgery, the next frontier for improving patient outcomes is characterizing and reducing complications. Currently, no standardized approach is available to… CONTINUE READING