The Lurie Children's Difference
We specialize in supporting a broad range of conditions, including complex congenital heart disease such as single ventricle heart defects. Having a broad range of devices, including short-term and long-term VADs, give us the ability to tailor device selection to meet the needs of our infants, children, teenagers and young adults.
As part of our family-centered approach, our VAD coordinator is present for daily rounds and works closely with families and the team to ensure up-to-date communication and recommendations for further management. We hold regular multidisciplinary meetings with families to discuss how we can best meet the needs of their child.
We focus on getting children stronger while on VAD support through our Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program, both inpatient and outpatient. Our physical therapists, occupational therapists, and clinical exercise physiologists are experienced in working with children of all ages on all types of VAD support.
We are also an active participant of The Advanced Cardiac Therapies Improving Outcomes Network (ACTION) with members on the ACTION Leadership Committee. ACTION is an international quality improvement network that unites providers and families to improve critical outcomes for children with heart failure. By collaborating with experts in the field, we have continued to grow and foster a successful VAD program.