Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Outcomes

When it comes to your child’s care, we understand that quality, outcomes and experience are of the utmost importance. St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients and we are proud of our high patient volume and positive surgical outcomes. With an overall survival rate of almost 98% from July 2015 through June 2019, our team consistently achieves surgical outcomes that exceed the national benchmarks as reported by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital voluntarily participates in the STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database which is one of the largest clinical registries in the world for congenital cardiac procedures. The mission of the STS is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care. They are a national leader in health care transparency and accountability.

Our surgical planning often begins at fetal diagnosis, lessening family anxiety and ensuring parents know what to expect when their child is born. Our open and frequent family communication also demonstrates our strong belief in quality, excellence and transparency.

Outcomes for patients with congenital heart disease across the country are collected by the STS, and the data is subdivided into five different groups depending on the level of risk.

  • STAT 1 includes the lower risk conditions
  • STAT 5 includes the highest risk conditions

This allows us to benchmark our outcomes with national data, as these comparative tables show.

 

Between 2015 and June 2018, we performed 825 operations. Of these, 562 qualify for STS data comparison.

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Surgery Mortality/Survival Rates July 2015 – June 2019

Pediatric heart surgery survival rates compared by procedure risk categories over three years. St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital has a 98% or higher survival rate in three categories.

July 2015-June 2019  Number of
SJCH Patients 
National/STS
Mortality Rate Data 
SJCH Mortality Rate Data SJCH Survival Rate % Conversion
 STAT 1
(low risk)
 0/198  0.4%  0%  100%
 STAT 2 2/251  1.4%  0.8%  99.2%
 STAT 3  1/72  2.2%  1.4%  98.6%
 STAT 4  7/130  6.1%  5.4% 94.6% 
 STAT 5
(high risk)
 4/24  13.3%  16.7% 83.3% 
 All patients  14/675  2.7%  2.1% 97.9% 

 

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Surgery Length of Stay (LOS) by Procedure July 2015-June 2019

Length of stay in the hospital post-surgery is expressed as a median in days. In all categories, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital had a shorter length of stay for its post-surgery patients, which translates to reliable diagnosis, solid pre-surgery planning, quality execution and effective post-surgery care.

 

LOS July 2015-June 2019  Number of SJCH Patients  National/STS LOS Data  SJCH LOS Data  SJCH Patient Discharge post-surgery compared to national average 
 STAT 1
(low risk)
 198  7  3  4 days sooner 
 STAT 2  251  20  4  16 days sooner 
 STAT 3  72  15  5  10 days sooner 
 STAT 4  130  28  12  16 days sooner
 STAT 5
(high risk)
 24  46  26  20 days sooner
All patients 675 N/A 4 Median SJCH LOS: 4 days

 

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Surgery Length of Stay (LOS) by Procedure July 2015-June 2019

Length of stay in the hospital post-surgery is expressed by procedure as a median in days. In all categories, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital had a shorter length of stay for its post-surgery patients, which translates to reliable diagnosis, solid pre-surgery planning, quality execution and effective post-surgery care.

July 2015-June 2019 LOS Selected Procedures  National/STS LOS Data  SJCH LOS Data  SJCH Patient Discharge post-surgery compared to national average 
 Ventricular septal defect  9  3  6 days sooner
 Coarctation (off bypass)  13  3  10 days sooner
 Tetralogy of Fallot  12  5  7 days sooner
 Atrioventricular septal defect  17  6  11 days sooner
 Arterial switch  18  7  11 days sooner
 Fontan  14  7  7 days sooner
 Norwood  50  23  27 days sooner
 Glenn  14   8  6 days sooner

For more information about our pediatric heart services, call our KIDS Heart Hotline: (813) 644-6679.