Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Outcomes
 
 

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Outcomes

Developed in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the congenital heart surgical program at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital regularly achieves leading results in positive surgical outcomes, high patient volume and reduced post-surgery lengths of stay, providing patients and their families with quicker recovery times and more timely returns to their normal lives. We are proud of our nearly 98% survival rate from 2015 through June 2018.

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

Outcomes for patients with congenital heart disease across the country are collected by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). 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. In all categories our mortality rate is equal to or lower than the national average with a 98% or higher survival rate in 3 categories.

 

Pediatric Heart and Vascular Services

Pediatric Heart Surgery
Melody Valve Procedure
Pediatric Cardiac ICU
Congenital Heart Program

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 2015 – June 2018

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.

2015-June 2018  Number of
SJCH Patients 
National/STS
Mortality Rate Data 
SJCH Mortality Rate Data SJCH Survival Rate % Conversion
 STAT 1
(low risk)
 0/174  0.4%  0%  100%
 STAT 2 2/204  1.6%  1.0%  99%
 STAT 3  1/59  2.3%  1.7%  98.3%
 STAT 4  7/110  6.4%  6.4% 93.6% 
 STAT 5
(high risk)
 2/14  14.6%  14.3% 85.7% 
 All patients  12/562  2.9%  2.1% 97.9% 

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Surgery Length of Stay by STAT level (LOS) 2015-June 2018

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 2015-June 2018
Number of SJCH Patients  National/STS LOS Data  SJCH LOS Data SJCH Patient Discharge post-surgery compared to national average
 STAT 1
(low risk)
 174  7  3 4 days sooner 
 STAT 2  204  21  4 17 days sooner 
 STAT 3  59 16  5 11 days sooner 
 STAT 4  110  27  10 17 days sooner
 STAT 5
(high risk)
14  45  24  21 days sooner
 All patients  562  N/A  4  Average SJCH LOS: 4 days

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Surgery Length of Stay (LOS) by Procedure 2015-June 2018

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.

2015-June 2018 LOS
Selected Procedures
National/STS LOS Data  SJCH LOS Data SJCH Patient Discharge post-surgery compared to national average 
Ventricular septal defect  9  4 5 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  17  6  11 days sooner
Fontan
 14  7  7 days sooner
Norwood  46  20  26 days sooner

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