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Congenital heart disease quality

Kirsten C Odegard, Robert Vincent, Rahul G Baijal, Suanne M Daves, Robert G Gray, Alexander J Javois, Barry A Love, Philip Moore, David Nykanen, Lori Q Riegger, Scott G Walker, Elizabeth C Wilson
Current practice of sedation and anesthesia for patients undergoing pediatric and congenital cardiac catheterization laboratory (PCCCL) procedures is known to vary among institutions, a multi-society expert panel with representatives from the Congenital Heart Disease Council of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society was convened to evaluate the types of sedation and personnel necessary for procedures performed in the PCCCL...
October 3, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Anitha Parthiban, Jami C Levine, Meena Nathan, Jennifer A Marshall, Girish S Shirali, Stephen D Simon, Steven D Colan, Jane W Newburger, Geetha Raghuveer
BACKGROUND: Postoperative echocardiography after congenital heart disease surgery is of prognostic importance, but variable image quality is problematic. We implemented a quality improvement bundle comprising of focused imaging protocols, procedural sedation, and sonographer education to improve the rate of optimal imaging (OI). METHODS: Predischarge echocardiograms were evaluated in 116 children (median age, 0.51 years; range, 0.01-5.6 years) from two centers after tetralogy of Fallot repair, arterial switch operation, and bidirectional Glenn and Fontan procedures...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Francesca M Trovato, Daniela Catalano, Guglielmo M Trovato
Imaging workup of patients referred for elective assessment of chest disease requires an articulated approach: Imaging is asked for achieving timely diagnosis. The concurrent or subsequent use of thoracic ultrasound (TUS) with conventional (chest X-rays-) and more advanced imaging procedures (computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging) implies advantages, limitations and actual problems. Indeed, despite TUS may provide useful imaging of pleura, lung and heart disease, emergency scenarios are currently the most warranted field of application of TUS: Pleural effusion, pneumothorax, lung consolidation...
September 28, 2016: World Journal of Radiology
Zhanguo Sun, Wenjian Xu, Shuran Huang, Yueqin Chen, Xiang Guo, Zhitao Shi
BACKGROUND: Despite dual-source computed tomography (DSCT) technology has been performed well on adults or infants with heart disease, specific knowledge about children with congenital pulmonary valve stenosis (PS) remained to be established. OBJECTIVES: This original research aimed to establish a professional approach of DSCT performing technology on children and to assess the image quality performed by DSCT to establish a diagnostic evaluation for children with PS...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Radiology: a Quarterly Journal Published By the Iranian Radiological Society
Jamie L Jackson, Gina M Gerardo, Curt J Daniels, Kathryn Vannatta
BACKGROUND: Disease-related stressors for survivors of congenital heart disease (CHD) have been qualitatively described but not quantified nor examined in relationship to important patient-reported outcomes (PROs). OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study are to (1) identify the types and degree of disease-related stress experienced by CHD survivors based on age, functional status, and sex, (2) examine differences in stress and PROs by age, functional status, and sex, and (3) determine the unique contribution of perceived stress to variability in PROs...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
A E While, E Heery, A M Sheehan, I Coyne
BACKGROUND: The numbers of children with long-term illnesses surviving into adulthood and transferring from child to adult services has increased dramatically in the last 30 years. This study aimed to examine health-related quality of life pre- and post-transfer from child to adult healthcare for young people with three long-term illnesses. METHODS: A total of 217 young people with cystic fibrosis, congenital heart defects or diabetes attending child and adult hospital services in Dublin, Ireland completed a questionnaire survey...
September 27, 2016: Child: Care, Health and Development
Lillian M Lai, Joseph Y Cheng, Marcus T Alley, Tao Zhang, Michael Lustig, Shreyas S Vasanawala
PURPOSE: To assess the feasibility of ferumoxytol-enhanced anesthesia-free cardiac MRI in neonates and young infants for complex congenital heart disease (CHD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: With Institutional Review Board approval, 21 consecutive neonates and young infants (1 day to 11 weeks old; median age of 3 days) who underwent a rapid two-sequence (MR angiography [MRA] and four-dimensional [4D] flow) MRI protocol with intravenous ferumoxytol without sedation (n = 17) or light sedation (n = 4) at 3 Tesla (T) (except one case at 1...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
M J Schuuring, A P Backx, R Zwart, A H Veelenturf, D Robbers-Visser, M Groenink, A Abu-Hanna, N Bruining, M P Schijven, B J Mulder, B J Bouma
OBJECTIVE: Many adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) are affected lifelong by cardiac events, particularly arrhythmias and heart failure. Despite the care provided, the cardiac event rate remains high. Mobile health (mHealth) brings opportunities to enhance daily monitoring and hence timely response in an attempt to improve outcome. However, it is not known if adults with CHD are currently using mHealth and what type of mHealth they may need in the near future. METHODS: Consecutive adult patients with CHD who visited the outpatient clinic at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam were asked to fill out questionnaires...
November 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
Lin Yang, Jian Zhuang, Meiping Huang, Changhong Liang, Hui Liu
BACKGROUND: Hybrid iterative reconstruction can reduce image noise and produce better image quality compared with filtered back-projection (FBP), but few reports describe optimization of the iteration level. OBJECTIVE: We optimized the iteration level of iDose(4) and evaluated image quality for pediatric cardiac CT angiography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Children (n = 160) with congenital heart disease were enrolled and divided into full-dose (n = 84) and half-dose (n = 76) groups...
September 16, 2016: Pediatric Radiology
Josep Figueras-Aloy, Paolo Manzoni, Bosco Paes, Eric A F Simões, Louis Bont, Paul A Checchia, Brigitte Fauroux, Xavier Carbonell-Estrany
INTRODUCTION: The REGAL (RSV Evidence-a Geographical Archive of the Literature) series provide a comprehensive review of the published evidence in the field of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in Western countries over the last 20 years. This second publication covers the risk and burden of RSV infection in preterm infants born at <37 weeks' gestational age (wGA) without chronic lung disease or congenital heart disease. METHODS: A systematic review was undertaken for articles published between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2015...
September 14, 2016: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
Benjamin H Goot, Sonali Patel, Brian Fonseca
OBJECTIVE: When imaging the lower airway by MRI, the traditional technique turbo spin echo (TSE) results in high quality 2D images, however planning and acquisition times are lengthy. An alternative, delayed volume interpolated breath-holds examination (VIBE), is a 3D gradient echo technique that produces high spatial resolution imaging of the airway in one breath-hold. The objective of this study is to retrospectively evaluate the accuracy of lower airway measurements obtained by delayed VIBE when compared to TSE...
September 9, 2016: Congenital Heart Disease
Lisa A Hom, Gerard R Martin
Congenital heart disease (CCHD) is the most common birth defect. Screening for the most critical forms (CCHD) using pulse oximetry was added to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel in the United States in 2011. Since then, CCHD screening has become nearly universal in the United States. Nurses are ideally situated to contribute to the development of best practices for implementation and provide education to families on CCHD screening. Much of the standardization, advocacy, and development of national recommendations occurred with key input from nurses...
September 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Margaret M Steele, Riad Abou Zahr, Paul M Kirshbom, Gary S Kopf, Mohsen Karimi
BACKGROUND: Beginning with Dr William Glenn in 1958, 90 patients with congenital heart lesions underwent cavopulmonary (Glenn) shunts over a 30-year period. In 2015, the follow-up data on this original cohort were reported. The study focuses on the current quality of life of this cohort. METHODS: Of the original 91 cavopulmonary shunt survivors, 14 (ages: 26-59; average length of postsurgical follow-up: 38.4 years) completed the Rand 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey, volume 2 (SF-36v2) quality-of-life survey at clinical office visits, over the phone or via regular mail...
September 2016: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Zhimin Liu, Lei Song, Tong Yu, Jun Gao, Qifeng Zhang, Ling Jiang, Yong Liu, Yun Peng
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the feasibility of using low dose radiation and low concentration contrast media in enhanced CT examinations in children with congenital heart disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ninety patients with congenital heart disease were randomly divided into three groups of 30 patients each who underwent contrast-enhanced cardiac scans on a Discovery CT750 HD scanner. Group A received 270 mg I/mL iodixanol, and group B received 320 mg I/mL iodixanol contrast media and was scanned with prospective ECG triggering mode...
September 2016: International Journal of Clinical Practice
Joyce T Johnson, Joshua D Robinson, Jie Deng, Cynthia K Rigsby
BACKGROUND: A comprehensive cardiac magnetic resonance (cardiac MR) study including both late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) and MR angiography may be indicated for patients with a history of acquired or congenital heart disease. OBJECTIVE: To study the novel use of an extracellular agent for assessment of LGE combined with a blood pool contrast agent for detailed MR angiography evaluation to yield a comprehensive cardiac MR study in these patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed clinical cardiac MR studies utilizing extracellular and blood pool contrast agents and noted demographics, clinical data and adverse events...
August 30, 2016: Pediatric Radiology
Fei Han, Ziwu Zhou, Eric Han, Yu Gao, Kim-Lien Nguyen, J Paul Finn, Peng Hu
PURPOSE: To develop and validate a cardiac-respiratory self-gating strategy for the recently proposed multiphase steady-state imaging with contrast enhancement (MUSIC) technique. METHODS: The proposed SG strategy uses the ROtating Cartesian K-space (ROCK) sampling, which allows for retrospective k-space binning based on motion surrogates derived from k-space center line. The k-space bins are reconstructed using a compressed sensing algorithm. Ten pediatric patients underwent cardiac MRI for clinical reasons...
August 16, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
David Faraoni, Daniel Vo, Viviane G Nasr, James A DiNardo
BACKGROUND: Children with major and severe congenital heart disease (CHD) undergoing noncardiac surgery are at increased risk of mortality. The objective of this study was to identify the predictors for in-hospital mortality, and to develop a risk stratification score that could be used to help decision making and the development of perioperative management guidelines. METHODS: We included all children with major (eg, tetralogy of Fallot with wide open pulmonary insufficiency, hypoplastic left heart syndrome including stage 1 repair) or severe CHD (eg, children with uncorrected CHD, children with documented pulmonary hypertension, children with ventricular dysfunction requiring medications, or children listed for heart transplant) recorded in the 2012 and 2013 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Pediatric databases in a derivation cohort, and those recorded in the 2014 database in a validation cohort...
October 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Igor Banzic, Milos Brankovic, Živan Maksimović, Lazar Davidović, Miroslav Marković, Zoran Rančić
OBJECTIVES: Parkes Weber syndrome is a congenital vascular malformation which consists of capillary malformation, venous malformation, lymphatic malformation, and arteriovenous malformation. Although Parkes Weber syndrome is a clinically distinctive entity with serious complications, it is still frequently misdiagnosed as Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome that consists of the triad capillary malformation, venous malformation, and lymphatic malformation. METHODS: We performed a systematic review investigating clinical, diagnostic, and treatment modalities of Parkes Weber syndrome (PubMed/MEDLINE, Embase, and Cochrane databases)...
August 9, 2016: Phlebology
Gil Wernovsky, Daniel J Licht
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this review are to discuss the scope of neurologic injuries in newborns with congenital heart disease, the mechanisms of injury, including prenatal, pre-, intra-, and postoperative factors, neurodevelopmental outcomes, and therapeutic strategies for the timely intervention and prevention of neurologic injury. DATA SOURCE: MEDLINE and PubMed. CONCLUSION: At the current time, important research is underway to 1) better understand the developing brain in the fetus with complex congenital heart disease, 2) to identify modifiable risk factors in the operating room and ICU to maximize long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes, and 3) develop strategies to improve family psychosocial health, childhood development, and health-related quality of life following hospital discharge...
August 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Jina Kim, Zhifei Sun, Brian R Englum, Alexander C Allori, Obinna O Adibe, Henry E Rice, Elisabeth T Tracy
PURPOSE: Concerns have been raised about the use of laparoscopic surgery (LS) in infants with congenital heart disease (CHD) due to their unique physiology. Prior studies on the safety and effectiveness of laparoscopy in children with CHD are limited in scope and cohort size. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We identified children <1 year of age with CHD who underwent abdominal surgery in the 2012-2013 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project Pediatric database...
October 2016: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
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