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adult congenital heart disease, patient care



  1. Thompson, Lucy MN, RN, CCRN


The adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) patient population has numerous and distinctive needs and comprise a rapidly growing group within the modern day healthcare arena. Current treatment provisions along with recommendations for future specialized multidisciplinary ACHD teams are discussed. The exclusive needs of this patient population have forced professional groups to reconsider the availability and appropriateness of current healthcare delivery to this group of complex patients, whose survivability and life expectancy have continued to improve as a direct result of enhanced research, technology, medical, surgical, and nursing care. General care considerations including psychosocial issues and patient education are presented, and reveal the challenges and strengths of caring for this adult patient population within a pediatric facility. Congenital heart disease is a lifelong illness that requires a dedicated, consistent approach to healthcare delivery in order to guarantee quality care throughout the lifespan.