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Balloon atrial septostomy performed "out-of-hours": effects on the outcome.
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PMID:  22475199     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Balloon atrial septostomy is a common palliative procedure in neonates with cyanotic congenital heart disease with restricted interatrial blood flow. Despite its advantages, balloon atrial septostomy is not a risk-free procedure and can be associated with numerous complications. The objective of this study is to determine whether the performance of this procedure out-of-hours has a significant impact on the incidence of adverse outcome measures.Methods and ResultsA total of 106 neonates who underwent balloon atrial septostomy between 2004 and 2010 were studied retrospectively. In all, 64 infants had the procedure performed within routine hours (9 am to 6 pm), whereas 42 neonates underwent the procedure out-of-hours (6:01 pm to 8:59 am). Procedure-related complications occurred in 32 infants (30.2%), which included 12 out of 64 (18.8%) infants in the routine-hours group and 20 out of 42 (47.6%) in the out-of-hours group. During further follow-up after surgery and including both major and minor adverse events, seven more infants (10.9%) suffered complications after balloon atrial septostomy in the routine-hours group and four more infants (9.5%) suffered complications in the out-of-hours group. This totalled the complication rate in the routine-hours group to 19 infants (29.7%) and 24 infants (57.1%) in the out-of-hours group (p = 0.001). A higher overall mortality rate was also noted in the out-of-hours group. CONCLUSIONS: Balloon atrial septostomy performed out-of-hours produced higher complication rates as opposed to balloon atrial septostomy performed during routine hours. Only essential cases should be undertaken at night, and all other cases should be deferred to the daytime to limit unnecessary adverse complication.
Sunitha Vimalesvaran; Salma Ayis; Thomas Krasemann
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cardiology in the young     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1467-1107     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-4-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9200019     Medline TA:  Cardiol Young     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-7     Citation Subset:  -    
1Department of Paediatric Cardiology, Evelina Children's Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom.
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