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Experts in pediatric heart disease present research at Cardiology 2012 conference
Date:2/24/2012

Pediatric cardiology researchers and clinicians from almost 50 centers from across the U.S. and around the world are gathering at the Cardiology 2012 Conference sponsored by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Feb. 22-26 in Orlando, Fla. The news briefs below summarize 11 research abstracts selected by the conference organizers as featured presentations. The researchers leading these presentations comprise 6 physicians and 5 nurses.

New Early Warning Algorithm Detects Children's Early Cardiac Deterioration Before Inpatient Arrest

Most cardiopulmonary arrests in hospitalized children can be prevented by early recognition and treatment for signs of deterioration. Nurse researchers at Children's Hospital Boston developed and validated the Cardiac Children's Hospital Early Warning Score (C-CHEWS) for pediatric cardiology patients. Used in conjunction with vital signs, the C-CHEWS scores assessments of patient behavior, cardiovascular and respiratory status, and level of family and/or staff concern. The resulting score is used to divide patients into one of three groups: routine care, increased assessment/intervention, or CICU consult/transfer. A retrospective review of patients admitted to the cardiac unit over a 12-month period compared 64 patients who experienced arrest or an unplanned CICU transfer with a comparison group of 248 non-event admissions. When compared with the previously validated Pediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS) tool, the C-CHEWS had greater sensitivity. Overall, C-CHEWS has excellent discrimination for identifying deterioration in children with cardiac disease. M.C. McLellan et al, Children's Hospital Boston; Validation of an Early Warning Scoring Tool for the Identification of Pediatric Cardiac Patients at Risk for Cardiopulmonary Arrest

Patients with Certain Conotruncal Defects Should Be Screened for Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

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Contact: Joey McCool Ryan
McCool@email.chop.edu
267-258-6735
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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