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CHOC's New Era In Pediatric Cardiac Care

It was a day to remember our hospital’s history, celebrate the advances in pediatric and cardiac intensive care, and learn more from the experts who continually push the boundaries of possibility. A new era began at Children’s Hospital of Orange County on September 25 with the opening of the 30-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)/Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) on the sixth floor.

CHOC opems 6th floor
The opening marked the first time CHOC has had a dedicated CVICU. Celebration festivities featured tours of both state-of-the-art, familyfocused units, plus academic presentations from leading pediatric intensive care experts in the country.

Pediatric cardiac surgeon Robert H. Bartlett, M.D., from the University of Michigan, presented a CME update on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a procedure he helped pioneer at CHOC and UCI more than 30 years ago. Mary Fran Hazinski, R.N., from Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, discussed current trends in pediatric resuscitation and implications for pediatric critical care. Ms. Hazinski is the editor of The Manual for Pediatric Critical Care.

In addition, pediatric cardiac surgeon Alan Gazzaniga, M.D., was honored for his many contributions to advancing cardiac surgery at CHOC, including co-pioneering the ECMO procedure with Dr. Bartlett. Dr. Gazzaniga is also an emeritus professor at the University of California, Irvine.

Another special guest was Patrick Kochanek, M.D., a pediatric intensivist at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital and editor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Kochanek also accompanied the PICU/CVICU team on rounds the following day, where he expressed his admiration for the interactive, multidisciplinary and academic nature of the team, and for the research currently taking place at CHOC.

“The CHOC legacy continues. With the addition of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and ventricular assist devices (VAD), as well as echo viewing and operating capabilities, we now have a state-of-the-art cardiovascular intensive care unit,” says Anthony C. Chang, M.D., medical director of The CHOC Heart Institute. “It is truly a new era at CHOC.”

Leading Technology, Innovative Design
The CHOC Sixth Floor successfully combines the best elements of “high tech” with “high touch.” Satellite nursing alcoves, complete with electronic bedside charting and upgraded Phillips technology, are located just outside of patient rooms, providing optimal visualization.

“CHOC built a state-of-the-art unit that helps to ensure the highest quality of care and rivals the best in the state. CHOC is now uniquely positioned to be a leader in cardiovascular care,” states Dr. Richard Gates, director, cardiothoracic surgery, The CHOC Heart Institute.

In addition to soothing colors and a calm, private atmosphere, CHOC’s new sixth floor features:

  • 18-bed PICU
  • 12-bed CVICU
  • Three “boom rooms” to hook up and move oxygen 360 degrees around patients
  • Two negative pressure isolation rooms on each unit
  • Dialysis hookups in each room
  • Infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) units to track oxygen uptake after surgery
  • Telemedicine and robotic monitoring with local emergency rooms and hospitals
  • Satellite pharmacy
  • Onsite blood gas lab
  • On-call physician room

Private, Family-Focused Care

  • Spacious, private rooms with separation curtains
  • Convertible sofa beds
  • Flat screen televisions plus DVD players
  • Data ports for Internet access

10th Anniversary CHOC Follies Family Zone
Sponsored by the Ronald McDonald House in a new partnership with CHOC, this special area is located only steps away from the PICU/CVICU:

  • Private sleep alcoves
  • Kitchenette, shower facilities
  • Internet access
  • Family consultation room

“Our data shows that mortality has gone down even though the number of surgeries and patient complexity have increased.” - Anthony C. Chang, M.D., Medical Director, The CHOC Heart Institute


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