A team of experts dedicated to your child
Kids are not small adults. They’re different in thousands of ways that affect their care. That’s why, in addition to the rigorous training it takes to care for cardiac patients, our heart transplant team has received additional education in pediatric medicine. Our highly specialized team includes:
- Transplant and congenital heart surgeons with specific training and experience in pediatric cardiac transplantation and congenital heart disease
- Pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists to closely monitor your child’s comfort before, during and after surgery and procedures
- Pediatric cardiac intensivists to care for your child in our dedicated Cardiac Intensive Care Unit during recovery
- Pediatric cardiologists to oversee your child’s heart health while they await a transplant and long after
- Transplant pharmacists to answer questions and help your family with immunosuppressants and other medications, including dosage, timing and how to take each medication
- Transplant coordinators to assist your family with the transplant evaluation process, preparing for transplant and arranging follow-up care
- Dedicated pediatric cardiac nurses who care solely for kids with heart issues
Care for the whole child
Our goal is to give your child as normal and healthy a life as possible and to help them thrive. Whenever possible, we allow kids awaiting transplant to stay at home with their families instead of the hospital.
Rather than focus on their physical needs alone, our multidisciplinary team will tend to your child’s mental, emotional and spiritual needs, as well. Our transplant team also includes:
- Psychologists who provide long-term support for your child’s mental health, including finding ways to cope with illness and hospital visits
- Registered dietitians who ensure your child receives the nutrition they need to grow and thrive and to educate your family on any specific dietary needs
- Physical and occupational therapists who help your child with the strength, skills and abilities they need for daily life
- Child life specialists who explain diagnoses and tests in an age-appropriate way and help kids cope while they’re in the hospital (often with the help of Galaxy, our medical dog)
- Chaplains who provide spiritual care and emotional support during a hospital stay
- Social workers who support your family with financial and other psychosocial resources to help make care easier
Learn more about our specialized pediatric heart transplant team.
Increased chance of receiving a heart transplant
At Children’s Colorado, our transplant candidates spend less time waiting for a heart transplant than at other transplant centers in the region and nationally. This is thanks to a high percentage of registered organ donors in the area and the selfless families who authorize donation when a child passes away.
Our specialized services include ventricular assist devices (VADs). This state-of-the-art technology can be used as a long-term option for children in heart failure, extending the time your child can wait for their lifesaving gift.
Faster recovery and return to everyday life
After a heart transplant, our goal is to help you and your child successfully transition home and return to daily activities as soon as possible. With assistance from physical and occupational therapists, registered dieticians, cardiac pharmacists, psychologists and others, our multidisciplinary team will help your child gain the strength they need to thrive. In fact, many of our patients return home within one week of their heart transplant.
Once they’re home, experts in our Wellness Program will continue to provide emotional support as your child returns to school, sports, extracurricular activities and daily living.
Less invasive tests and procedures
Getting a new heart means that there are lots of tests both before and after the transplant. By monitoring patients through non-invasive tests like echocardiography and doing fewer invasive procedures, we keep the needle pokes and procedures to a minimum.
Pediatric heart transplant innovation and research
We’re dedicated to providing leading edge care for our patients today – and tomorrow. Our Program participates in clinical trials and active research studies to ensure that our care only gets better. This means that our patients have access to the most advanced treatments and medication available.