Ask about the resources available.
Are there two or more surgeons on site? What is their training and
What is the experience and training of the other physicians on the
cardiac team: echocardiographers, intensivists, interventional cardiologists,
What is the programmatic experience? How stable is program? Are the
results being reported the results for the people currently in the program?
Is there a dedicated Cardiac Intensive Care Unit that cares only for
cardiac patients with in house physician coverage 24/7? Are the physicians
dedicated to caring only for patients with congenital heart disease?
Are there dedicated pediatric echocardiographers who routinely
perform intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography?
Is there a dedicated pediatric cardiac MRI program?
Is there a dedicated pediatric cardiac catheterization laboratory
that specializes in congenital heart disease? Or are children with congenital
heart disease catherized in an adult laboratory?
Is there a dedicated cardiac anesthesia team?
Is there a dedicated perfusion (heart lung machine) team that
specializes in congenital heart disease?
Is there a High Risk Clinic for at risk patients after neonatal
Are there dedicated contact people available before, during and
after surgery? Ask to meet those contact persons.
Meet the surgeons. Ask questions. Ask for a tour.
Expect and demand the highest level of care for your child or family