Heart Center Quality and Safety

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The Boston Children's Heart Center is committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients. Through individual department initiatives and institution-wide standards, we are working to improve the patient/family experience and ensure the best possible outcomes.

The following list of department quality and safety initiatives is by no means all-inclusive. Please check back frequently for the latest information.  

  • Our transplant cases are actually decreasing—because we have come up with new ways to treat conditions that previously required transplantation.
  • In some cases, our surgical caseloads are also decreasing, due to our widespread use of catheterization.
  • Our patient-to-nurse ratio has decreased because of our nursing staff’s elite level of experience.
  • We aim to have patients spend less time on ventilators—and in the hospital—and have reduced our average length of stay.
  • We also choose a transfusion-free approach whenever possible.
  • We devised the national standards for assessing quality and risk in the field, including the Risk Adjustment for Congenital Heart Surgery (RACHS) measurements that other centers are now evaluated against.
  • To address rising health care costs, we developed a plan to optimize care and reduce unnecessary resource utilization

Learn more about quality and safety initiatives at Boston Children’s Hospital.

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO
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