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For babies with heart defects, death risk is far lower at most experienced hospitals
Date:12/17/2007

in one or two states.

Although these studies found a relationship between the number of infants treated and their risk of dying, the major thresholds were seen at the 100- to 200-patient level. Hirsch and her colleagues note that these studies included data from patients with much less severe heart defects, who had operations that carry a much lower risk of death during and after surgery.

For the more routine congenital heart surgery, outcomes are excellent everywhere, says Hirsch. But when it comes to a child with a complex defect, its important to send him or her to a center of excellence. And the parents of these children are often so overwhelmed by their sudden situation, it will be important to develop the systems and support that will help them get to the right place.


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