Abstract 16644: Interstage Clinical Outcomes and Resource Utilization Among Babies With Single Ventricle: Results of A Randomized Cross-over Study Comparing Standard of Care (Notebook) to Tablet PC-Based Monitoring
Interstage outcomes for babies with single ventricle remain suboptimal. We have developed a tablet PC-based platform (CHAMP) for remote monitoring. This provides immediate access to data and instant alerts to the team. This study evaluates the caregiver experience with CHAMP, and its impact on interstage mortality, morbidity and resource utilization.
Methods: All neonates with single ventricle who were discharged from 5/2014 to 5/2015 were prospectively enrolled. For 1 month after discharge, they were all monitored using a notebook. They were randomized to receive CHAMP at either 1 or 2 months post discharge. A month after randomization, caregivers had to choose either the notebook or CHAMP for the remainder of the inter-stage period. Charts were reviewed for mortality, unplanned readmissions and hospital charges. Caregiver experience was assessed through an exit survey.
Results: We enrolled 24 babies (Norwood, n=11; BT shunt, n=9; no stage I at discharge (balanced circulation), n=3; hybrid, n=1). They were interstage for 3143 days. There was no interstage mortality in either group. While using CHAMP, families transmitted data on 77% of days. Resource utilization is summarized in the Table. CHAMP instant alerts and scheduled daily alerts led to 10 readmissions for issues that were not recognized by caregivers (low saturations (n=6) and poor feeding / weight gain (n=4). When given the option after randomization, 23 of 24 families chose CHAMP. At the end of monitoring, 23 completed an exit survey; when asked what form of monitoring they would choose if they had to do this over, 19 (82%) stated they would choose CHAMP, 3 would choose either, and 1 would choose the notebook.
Conclusions: CHAMP monitoring was associated with significant decreases in unplanned readmission days, ICU days and hospital charges. CHAMP was well-accepted by caregivers, and would appear to facilitate outpatient care for the fragile population of interstage babies with single ventricle.
Author Disclosures: G. Shirali: None. L. Erickson: None. K. Goggin: None. J. Apperson: None. M. Bingler: None. D. Tucker: None. D. Williams: None. A. Bradley-Ewing: None. V. Staggs: None. A. Lay: None. L. Rabbitt: None. R. Stroup: None.
- © 2015 by American Heart Association, Inc.