Hospital for Sick Children creates leading-edge
for Sick Children has broken ground on a $34 million Cardiac Diagnostic
and Interventional Unit that will include two catheterization labs, with
an integrated MRI, a cardiac ultrasound machine, a catheter navigation
system and new systems for storing and sharing research information.
facility will allow new innovations in minimally invasive alternatives
to open-heart surgery. The Hospital for Sick Children is internationally
recognized for its ability to use ultrasound to diagnose congenital
heart disease, and is a world leader in pioneering new treatments
without open-heart surgery.
The hospital, known
as Sick Kids, is also pleased to announce it meets the rigorous American
Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for cardiovascular centres. The
guidelines, published in Pediatrics in March 2002, cover areas such as
patient outcomes; quality of care; the range of treatments,
interventions and surgeries provided; staffing and training; equipment
and facilities; and the centre's relationship to other organizations and
programs within the health care community.
collaborating closely with our partner hospitals to ensure children from
across Ontario get the very best care available, when they need it,"
said Dr. Glen Van Arsdell, head of cardiovascular surgery at The
Hospital for Sick Children. "Together we have created a seamless
transfer from cardiologists in other cities who diagnose the problem, to
surgery in Toronto, back to follow-up care in the patient's home town."
Over the past two
years, the Sick Kids Cardiac Centre has hired more than 100 additional
nurses, six cardiologists, and a cardiovascular surgeon to support more
babies and children in the operating room, in the critical care unit, on
the inpatient ward and during follow-up clinics.
professionals in the Cardiac Centre have received French language
training at an intermediate or advanced level. Bilingual signage has
been installed and cardiac information materials for families have been
translated into French.
The hospital has
worked with the Ontario government, Ronald McDonald House and local
hotels to provide affordable accommodations for parents whose children
stay at Sick Kids for cardiac care and surgery. Sick Kids also provides
financial assistance to some families for daily amenities.
The hospital has
worked with emergency transport services to ensure that children from
across Ontario can be safely and quickly brought to Sick Kids for the
care they need. Once children are stabilized after surgery, the hospital
provides appropriate transportation back to their local children's
hospital or home.
One in 100 children
are born with a heart defect, and more than half require surgery. Each
year, Sick Kids staff members perform about 600 paediatric cardiac
operations, and another 1,000 minimally invasive procedures in the
hospital's cardiac catheterization lab.
Sick Kids' advances
in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery have been saving and improving
lives around the world since the 1950s, when Dr. William Mustard
invented the first surgical approach to save "blue babies." Most
recently, in July 2003, Sick Kids announced physicians were using a new
minimally invasive procedure, called cardiac cryoablation, to correct
abnormally fast heartbeats more safely and effectively.
The Hospital for Sick
Children, affiliated with the University of Toronto, is Canada's most
research-intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to
improving children's health in the country. Its mission is to provide
the best in family-centred care, to lead in scientific and clinical
advancement, and to prepare the next generation of leaders in child
health. For more information, visit www.sickkids.ca