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Safe at Home Program

Safe at Home Program

Our evidence-based Safe at Home program is delivering better outcomes for shunt-dependent infants and peace of mind for their parents.

Safe at Home – the only program of its kind in North Texas – educates and empowers parents to help care for their infants with single ventricle defects who require staged surgical procedures. Since care plans can often be complex, we offer support and training that can help you feel comfortable when it’s time to go home. Our expert team focuses on giving you the tools and confidence you need to care for your child before, during and after their treatment. We have reduced hospital stays for children, allowing them to recover at home between procedures and appointments. The national hospital collaborative known as NPCQIC benefits all children with heart shunts, and we are proud to be an active member.

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Empowering families, improving outcomes


Safe at Home is tailored for shunt-dependent patients managing complex congenital (from birth) defects, including hypoplastic left heart syndrome and single ventricle defects.

Our experienced team brings together the latest in technology with valuable insight and support to help families care for their children at home. Discover how Safe at Home is improving outcomes.

 

A team approach to outstanding care

Children with single ventricular defects require three surgeries in their first few years of life. We realize that this can be an overwhelming and emotional time for parents as they manage their child’s care. At Children’s Health, we are committed to working together across multiple disciplines. Our team of cardiologists, nurses, therapists, nutritionists and social workers will partner with your family to answer questions, share knowledge and deliver the best possible outcomes at every step of your child’s journey, which will include three surgical procedures:

  • Stage 1: The Norwood procedure improves heart function by using a shunt to supply blood flow to the lungs.
  • Stage 2: The Glenn procedure connects the main vein that routes oxygen-poor blood from the upper half of the body to the pulmonary artery.
  • Stage 3: The Fontan procedure connects the vein that sends oxygen-poor blood from the lower half of the body to the pulmonary artery.

Caring for the whole child and family

At Children’s Health, we understand that for true success, we must treat more than your child’s heart. That’s why we offer support to help you and your child grow and thrive together during their treatment. The Safe at Home program, which has won the Texas Hospital Association’s prestigious “Bill Aston Award for Quality,” includes access to key services, including:

  • 24/7 access to experts who can answer your questions and address your concerns
  • Consistent care across our system with a special notification to inform care providers about your child’s medical condition
  • Education that starts before birth, when possible, to prepare you for caring for your child
  • Mended Little Hearts, a support group that connects parents of infants with congenital heart defects
  • Outpatient access to visiting nurses, nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech therapists who can help your child meet developmental milestones
  • Rooming-in opportunities to practice caring for your infant before you leave the hospital
  • Streamlined communication with your child’s cardiac care team via an in-home monitoring app

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