Johns Hopkins All Children's Heart Institute

Benchmark Operations Outcomes

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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital paused the Heart Surgery Program after news reports about families that did not receive the high-quality care that is our promise. We are determined to learn everything that happened in the Heart Institute and to rebuild it in a way that earns your trust. We invite you to follow our journey, and we will not rest until your trust is restored.

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Understandably, many parents want additional information beyond overall mortality rates. They ask: "What is the success rate for the specific cardiac surgical operation to treat my child's heart problem?"

Thanks to our participation in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Congenital Heart Surgery Database, you can compare mortality rates at Johns Hopkins All Children's for 10 benchmark operations and heart transplantation with the combined mortality rates for all of the hospitals that participate in the STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database.

The table below shows our team's volume (number) for each benchmark operation for the last four years. It also shows the mortality for each operation for Johns Hopkins All Children's Heart Institute compared with the average mortality for all hospitals in the STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database for the last four years. The information can help guide your decision-making.

 

(2014-2017)

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Operations

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Mortality

Society of Thoracic Surgeons Overall Mortality

Coarctation

23

0.0%

1.5%

Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)

54

0.0%

0.5%

Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)

33

3.0%

1.3%

AV Canal (AVC)

21

9.5%

2.5%

Arterial switch operation (ASO)

17

5.9%

2.2%

Arterial switch operation (ASO) and VSD repair

7

14.3%

4.6%

Glenn / HemiFontan

58

0.0%

1.8%

Fontan

38

0.0%

1.0%

Truncus

4

25.0%

9.5%

Norwood

31

6.5%

15.0%

Heart Transplant

40

2.5%

4.0%

 

Data source is Tables 5 and 18 of the Spring 2018 STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database Report.

Pediatric heart transplantation and the Norwood procedure are among the most challenging pediatric cardiac surgical procedures.

If you have questions about any of the outcomes data you see above, please call 727-767-4932.