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CHOC Institutes Offer Expert Care
Children with neurological disorders, congenital heart conditions or cancer need expert, specialized care. The CHOC Institutes offer a level of leading-edge care that is unparalleled anywhere else in Orange County, from state-of-the-art diagnostic services to the full spectrum of treatment alternatives. The CHOC Heart Institute Opens 12-Bed CVICU
For 40 years, CHOC has been providing the most sophisticated care available for patients with these conditions. Here's a brief glimpse of some of the newest services available through The CHOC Institutes.
The CHOC Neuroscience Institute Opens 24-Bed Neuroscience Unit
The CHOC Neuroscience Institute has opened a new 24-bed Neuroscience Unit (NSU) on the hospital's fifth floor. The NSU provides a full range of services, from video-EEG and video telemetry monitoring to post-operative care for neurosurgery patients. This unit is supported by a dedicated nursing team who has received extensive training in the field of neuroscience, as well as electrodiagnostic, occupational and physical therapy, case management, social services and dietary staff. This multidisciplinary team understands and can manage the unique needs of these patients.
The CHOC Cancer Institute Offers Specialized Services
Today more than 75% of children diagnosed with cancer will survive, but as many as two thirds of them may experience at least one late side effect resulting from the toxic nature of cancer treatment. The Long-Term Follow-Up Program provides continued monitoring by a multidisciplinary team of experts for years after treatment has ended. Working in coordination with primary care providers, our team provides customized treatment planning for each patient outlining potential complications, screening guidelines, lifestyle counseling and other follow-up care recommendations.
Adolescents and young adults appear to do better on pediatric protocols than on adult-oriented treatment. In one recent study, twice as many patients enrolled in pediatric protocols reported survival at five years, compared with similar patients who were enrolled in adult-based studies. This may be the result of the more aggressive, rigorous approach to pediatric care. The Adolescent Cancer Program is a cooperative, research-based program with the National Cancer Institute designed specifically for patients ages 13 through 21.
Twelve beds of the CHOC Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) have been designated as the Cardiovascular ICU (CVICU) in order to provide highly specialized post-operative care for patients undergoing technically complex cardiac surgeries. The CVICU is staffed with experienced PICU nurses who have received extensive training in caring for cardiac surgery patients. The unit is also supported by a multidisciplinary team of pediatric-trained cardiac surgeons, pediatric intensivists, pediatric cardiologists and pediatric anesthesiologists, many of whom trained at leading heart centers.
For more information about The CHOC Institutes, please call (800) 329-2900.
Children with neurological disorders, congenital heart conditions or cancer need expert, specialized care. The CHOC Institutes offer a level of leading-edge care that is unparalleled anywhere else in Orange County, from state-of-the-art diagnostic services to the full spectrum of treatment alternatives.
The CHOC Heart Institute Opens 12-Bed CVICU