Dedicated Pediatric Cardiovascular Care

In 2011, University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital opened a state-of-the-art facility designed to provide an exceptional healing environment for children and families. As the only children’s hospital in Minnesota that is part of an academic health center, it is home to one of the nation’s top 20 pediatric research programs.

The Heart Center is a key component of the hospital. Its 12-bed cardiovascular intensive care unit (CV-ICU) has state-of-the-art equipment and is staffed with experts, dedicated exclusively to pediatric heart care. Our specialists have earned national and international reputations for heart research and comprehensive care. Providers are trained in specialty areas, including pediatric critical care, cardiology and cardiac anesthesia. Their knowledge, combined with sophisticated monitoring and support equipment, enables them to recognize problems quickly and respond effectively. A significant benefit has been reduction of catheter-associated blood stream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia by 90 percent and 80 percent respectively.

Leading-edge, child-friendly treatment
The CV-ICU is equipped to provide therapies including ablation, ventricular-assist devices, catheterization, surgery and transplant. Our dedicated hybrid catheterization lab, especially designed for children, is fully equipped for any catheter or surgical procedure. This lab, situated in the operating room, allows for direct surgical backup, if necessary. A common sterile core contains catheter and surgical supplies for immediate use.
In addition, three newly equipped suites allow quick transition from cardiac catheter procedure to surgery to electrophysiology. One is exclusively equipped for heart surgery. The close proximity of the suites creates an environment in which interaction among providers makes caring for patients efficient and effective. Each has the latest technology, top-of-the-line video capabilities and cardiac surgical and catheterization equipment.
In addition, all 12 patient rooms are private and allow for 360-degree access to patients, with space for two family members to sleep in the room. Daily rounding by surgeons, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc., occurs continuously based on patient needs. Rounds take place bedside, and families appreciate being involved. The multidisciplinary team also offers care conferences to parents, as needed.
Our advanced practice group provides continuity of care that families rely on. On any day, patient-to-provider ratio is one to one or one to two. There are fewer handoffs among providers, which contribute to overall teamwork, a benefit to providers and patients.

To learn more about cardiology care for infants and children, call our 24/7 referral hotline at 888-KIDS-UMN.

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