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Research and commentary

Deteriorating infant health after heart surgery

The number of infants requiring surgery for complex congenital heart disease (CHD) such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome is increasing
Congenital heart disease

A new study looks at the deterioration of infant health after discharge following congenital heart surgery.

Tregay J, Brown K, Crowe S et al (2016) Signs of deterioration in infants discharged home following congenital heart surgery in the first year of life: a qualitative study. Archives of Disease in Childhood 101:902-908 doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2014-308092

Background

The number of infants requiring surgery for complex congenital heart disease (CHD) such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome is increasing. Although the number of infants who survive the initial surgery is growing, they are often left with residual complex health needs. This study explored the ways in which parents recognise and make decisions about their child’s symptoms after discharge and their experiences of seeking help.

Methods

Semi-structured interviews

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