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As part of the Heart Institute, the Division of Pediatric Cardiology has a robust quality assurance/performance improvement (QAPI) process - a multi-disciplinary strategy in conjunction with cardiothoracic surgery, cardiac critical care medicine, cardiac anesthesiology, through a monthly review process with quality reports from each division and sections of pediatric cardiology (cath lab, echocardiography, fetal/perinatal, inpatient services).
Examples of recent quality/safety projects include:
This comprehensive multidisciplinary process has culminated in the improved outcomes, exemplified by the recent Society for Thoracic Surgery (STS) report for Congenital Heart Surgery was 110 (out of 120) pediatric cardiac programs in the United States. The programs are divided into 3 categories: low, medium and high volumes (Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is a high volume program).
This report encompasses the last 4 years of data (July 2008 to June 2012). The national average mortality is 3.3% and Children's Hospital's mortality overall 4 years = 1.1%.
The Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital has the lowest overall 4 year mortality among all high and medium volume programs in the nation. Furthermore, as QAPI process has been implemented and become an integral part of clinical practice, we have further reduced our mortality to an incredible 0.6% this past year. In effect, QAPI is part of the Heart Institute culture of achieving excellence in a cost-effective manner.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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