Daniel Murphy

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  • Survey of specialized tertiary care facilities for adults with congenital heart disease INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY Niwa, K., Perloff, J. K., Webb, G. D., Murphy, D., Liberthson, R., Warnes, C. A., Gatzoulis, M. A. 2004; 96 (2): 211-216


    Specialized tertiary care facilities developed in response to the increasing numbers of adults with congenital heart disease (CHD). Because this patient population comprises a relatively new area of specialized cardiovascular interest, the first facilities necessarily evolved without preexisting guidelines or interaction.To characterize the major features of the six original and largest tertiary adults CHD facilities.Written questionnaire sent to six participating facilities in North America and Europe. Information was analyzed centrally.All but one facilities was established over 20 years ago, and each cares for over 1500 patients. Hospital admissions ranged from 100 to 660 patients/unit/year. Of the total number of registered patients, 52-81% had undergone one or more reparative surgeries. Reoperations constituted 25-80% of the 50-170 operations/unit/year. Overall mean surgical mortality was 1.9%/year. Inpatient and outpatient care was provided in adult (n = 4) or both adult and pediatric (n = 2) settings. All six facilities enjoyed close collaboration between adult and pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurse specialists and cardiac and non-cardiac consultants. Training and research were pivotal activities.Provision of comprehensive care by multidisciplinary teams including adult and pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, specialized nurses and other cardiac and non-cardiac consultants was the unifying feature for all six tertiary care facilities reported here. There were minor differences among them based on available resources, local expertise and national health care policies. There appears to be a significant shortfall in tertiary care provision for the adult with CHD that requires further planning and resource allocation. These data may be useful for new and evolving adult CHD services.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/ijcard.2003.06.019

    View details for Web of Science ID 000223117000014

    View details for PubMedID 15262035

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