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Monitoring Your Child's Progress Post-Heart Surgery

PICUFollowing surgery, our goal is to help your child recover quickly and comfortably. Our teams of highly skilled and caring physicians and nurses provide around-the-clock care.

Daily exams — Physicians, cardiologists and the cardiac surgery teams make daily rounds.

Periodic tests — Blood tests, chest X-rays, electrocardiograms and echocardiograms are useful tools for helping the care team monitor your child's progress. Depending on the child, some of these tests will be performed the same day as the surgery. Others may be performed every day. Your child's nurse or doctor can explain the different monitors and devices that may be used and help you to recognize normal variations that may occur when your child moves or cries.

Intravenous catheter — An IV catheter will be used post-operatively to administer medications, glucose or other electrolyte solutions, as needed.

Signs of Recovery

After heart surgery, we'll be looking for your child to:
  • Have stable vital signs, including blood pressure and heart rate
  • Steadily reduce his/her need for sedation medications
  • Breathe on his/her own, without the breathing machine
  • Regain his/her appetite
  • Sit up in bed
  • Breathe deeply and cough to clear his/her lungs and prevent infections

Additional Resources

Meet the PICU Team

Meet the IPS Team