Inpatient treatment in the Department of Paediatric Cardiology and Congenital Heart Defects

Wards 3.1, 3.2, the intensive care unit 3.3 and the cardiac catheterisation laboratory are all located on the third floor of the hospital.
All beds are equipped like in intensive care with monitoring of ECG, respiration, oxygen saturation and blood pressure, and are interlinked.

The neonate and infant ward 3.1 has 21 beds. Four of these are available as mother-child units while eleven beds are reserved for neonates and infants and six for small children.

Ward 3.2 has eleven beds in five single en-suite rooms. School children and adults are treated on ward 3.2. Three to four patients are admitted on a daily basis for cardiac catheterisation or for therapeutic catheterisation procedures. A further two to three patients are admitted daily for surgery.

Ward 3.3 has 16 beds at its disposal for patients ranging from neonates to adults with congenital heart defects. It has four single rooms, two two-bedded rooms, one three-bedded room and one four-bedded room as well as a heart transplant unit for individual treatment.

Thanks to the Mc Donald's Foundation, 27 apartments have been constructed on the grounds of the German Heart Centre. Parents living far away can thus stay close to their children during inpatient treatment. On request, two ward secretaries will try to find accommodation for you.

Every bed slot is equipped with its own intensive monitoring system facilitating the monitoring of more than ten so-called vital parameters. All data can be read online via a central monitor, and then documented.

Of course the ward is equipped to provide mechanical ventilation for every patient, if required, or dialysis, a filtration procedure or renal replacement therapy in cases of renal failure.

Patients suffering from pulmonary hypertension associated with a heart defect are administered medical nitrogen monoxide along with the usual respiratory gases consisting of air pressure and oxygen via a highly sensitive mixing apparatus during and after heart surgery.

All examinations take place on the ward which means that the child will not have to be moved or detached from his monitor.

Medical care is provided by 40 nurses (33.5 positions) and six physicians (one senior physician, two ward physicians and four junior physicians). Two psychologists work closely with the medical team.

In the playroom or day room with the educator, patients can find plenty of things to do preoccupy themselves.

Older children can go to "school" if they have to stay in hospital for a long time. We shouldn't forget the weekly clown visits (every Thursday at 2pm) that liven up everyday life in hospital much to the pleasure of the small patients.
 

Ward schedule

The ward round takes place from 9am to 11am. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays the chief physician does the ward round at 2 pm and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays the senior physician does the ward round at 4pm.
 

Visiting hours

Parents may visit their children at any time. However, rest is indispensable for the healing process in children following heart surgery. If possible, patients should be allowed to rest between 12.30pm and 2pm. In the evening parents may naturally remain with their children until they fall asleep.