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We also provide pediatric cardiology services to patients in Abliene, TX at the Abilene Regional Medical Center Heart & Vascular Institute (325) 428-2900

If your child has a complex congenital heart condition, he or she may need as many as three procedures in their first three years of life. The good news is that your child will not need to stay in the hospital between surgeries. With a team of dedicated specialists, the Safe at Home program provides specialized monitoring and round the clock support for children and parents.

Why Children's Health℠?

With dedicated congenital heart disease specialists available around the clock, the Safe at Home program makes it possible for children to recover at home with their families and local support systems while receiving the best possible follow up care and support.

Conditions We Treat

The goals of the Safe at Home program include:

  • Preventing serious complications
  • Improving your child’s growth
  • Helping children with complex heart disease thrive at home

Children with single ventricle defects must have multiple surgeries also known as staged reconstruction to reroute and improve blood flow. These surgeries provide life-saving treatment for conditions such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

During the time between the first (Norwood) and second (Glenn) surgeries, children need special care and monitoring to keep them safe from illness and complications. Through intensive home monitoring and family support, the Safe at Home program makes it possible to identify many of these problems in their early stages before they cause harm.  

Expert Care

  • Experience: Experts with years of experience treating babies with single ventricle defects work side by side to help you provide the best care for your baby. We have helped over 100 families care for their babies at home through the Safe at Home program.
  • Specialized team: The Safe at Home team includes pediatric cardiologists, nurse practitioners, social workers, nutritionists and pediatricians.
  • 24/7 support: Dedicated Safe at Home nurse practitioners are available around the clock to answer any questions you may have.
  • Compassionate nursing care: Safe at Home nurse practitioners spend time with you and help care for your child while they are still in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit here at Children’s Health. This way, you can talk to someone who knows your child when you call with questions.
  • Long-term results: The Safe at Home program works. Our experience has shown that when parents feel confident about caring for their children and have access to expert support, their children spend less time in the hospital and suffer fewer complications. 

Treatments

While your child is still in the hospital, we provide you with information and training on all aspects of their care, including:

  • Growth milestones your child will need to meet before having their next surgery
  • Proper nutrition and feeding techniques
  • Detailed information about medications and how to give them to your child
  • Using home monitoring equipment such as medical scales and oxygen monitors
  • Recognizing early warning signs of potential complications, such as changing oxygen levels
  • How to reach a heart care expert any time of the day or night

When you go home, we are always available to help. Here’s what to expect:

  • Follow up visits with a cardiologist every week to check your child’s progress
  • Weekly phone calls from a Safe at Home nurse practitioner to gather information between clinic visits and answer questions
  • One number to call anytime you have concerns about your child’s health
  • Support from physicians and other families whose children have similar heart conditions
  • Seamless coordination with your primary care doctor or cardiologist – even if they are outside the Children’s Health℠  system