Severe brain injury after cardiac surgery in children: consequences for the family and the need for assistance

Menezes, Antoinette and Shinebourne, E A (1998) Severe brain injury after cardiac surgery in children: consequences for the family and the need for assistance. Heart, 80 (3). pp. 286-291. ISSN 1355-6037

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To identify the short and longer term needs of parents whose children sustain severe brain injury after cardiac surgery and to determine what further measures could be of use to the family after such a catastrophe.

Qualitative analysis of data generated by semistructured interviews and a series of self report questionnaires.

Tertiary cardiothoracic referral centre.

Group 1: four sets of parents (eight individuals) whose children had suffered severe brain injury after heart surgery; group 2: four sets of parents (seven individuals) caring for children with acute brain injury from other causes.

The data provide evidence of social, emotional, physical, practical, and financial difficulties. After the children suffered brain injury following cardiac surgery their parents did not receive information, support, and practical assistance as early as they needed it.

Although a small population was studied, it would seem that a structured, planned health care service response to this devastating event is not established; therefore, the needs of these parents are not well met. The parents and our inquiries suggest that a coordinator who is not attached to the hospital where brain injury occurred might optimally fulfil this role.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1136/hrt.80.3.286
Additional Information: Copyright © 1998 British Cardiovascular Society . DOI: 10.1136/hrt.80.3.286.
Keywords: brain damage; cardiac surgery; parental support
Subjects: Medicine and health
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Depositing User: Antoinette Menezes
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2021 12:55
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:06

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