Parents who have infants in the MUSC NCU will be asked to give their opinions about the discharge process as their infants transition from receiving hospital care to being cared for at home. The parents will complete surveys and interviews to offer their feedback. The parents' opinions will be compared with the infant's unexpected readmission to the hospital after discharge, if it occurred. Parents will also decide what is most important for a successful discharge of the infant. The factors that parents consider to be most important will also be compared to which factors nurses find to be important.
This multi-center prospective study will validate the RLS as a tool to predict early and mid-term outcomes for five common congenital cardiac operations. The RLS study will develop the first validated tool for measurement of residual lesions following congenital heart surgery. The proposed project will also lay the groundwork for future projects, facilitating continuous quality improvement in congenital heart surgery.
This study if for patients that have a blood disease and it's been determined that the best option for treating that blood disease is a cord blood transplant. Cord blood (CB) is blood that is taken from the umbilical cord and placenta of healthy newborn babies after childbirth. The cord blood collected from a newborn baby is called a cord blood unit. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers cord blood to be a biological drug. These are considered ?investigational? products. This study will evaluate the safety of administration of the investigational cord blood units by carefully documenting all infusion-related problems.
Genetic Testing of neonates undergoing surgery for single ventricle cardiac defects (SVCD) and other congenital cardiac defects. DNA testing with an aim to identifying genetic factors that aid survival and recovery in SCD patients.
Genetic contribution to patient outcomes: Over the past two decades, there has been dramatic improvement in the survival and functional outcome of patients with all forms of congenital cardiac defects. Yet, there exists significant variability in outcomes that becomes more pronounced as the level of surgical intervention increases and the exposure to adverse hemodynamic conditions becomes more prolonged and more profound. This is particularly noticeable in the SCD patient group where there are continued high levels of mortality and levels of disability that can be quite severe. While these poor outcomes can on occasion be attributed to technical difficulties, complex cardiac anatomy or patient co-morbidities, more commonly they occur in patients that do not superficially appear to be any different than those that will ultimately have excellent outcomes. What is becoming increasingly apparent is that every patient differs in their ability to tolerate the challenges presented by the peri-operative environment. Therefore, significant improvements in outcomes may depend on identification of the genetic factors that place some patients at greater risk and designing treatment protocols to minimize those risks.
Power wheelchairs are defined as ?Wheelchairs powered by electricity that provide mobility and body support for individuals with limited ability to walk? (Shoemaker et al., 2010). For the purposes of this study, the term power mobility is any battery powered equipment used for mobility by children with disabilities. This can include powered ride-on-toys (e.g. Boss car, Cooper car), powered scooter-boards and powered standing devices (e.g. Gobot). This study seeks to expand on the new literature being published on the use of commercially available powered ride-on-toys to assist with the early mobility of children born with movement disorders. Children with neuromuscular impairments have significantly decreased early mobility which greatly affects their opportunities to explore their physical and social environment (Tefft, Guerette, & Furumasu, 1999; Uchiyama, Anderson, & Campos, 2008). The commercially available ride-on-toys could be used in the clinic, home, community, or school settings to improve independent mobility and are a low cost alternative to other mobility devices (Huang & Galloway, 2012). In addition, these devices provide a novel therapeutic tool to examine and/or treat body function level impairments such as cause-effect learning and head/upper extremity/trunk/lower extremity strength and control (Ragonesi & Galloway, 2012). The utilization of early power mobility allows for important early exploration and learning and may have tremendous effect on later perceptual, cognitive, social, and quality of life outcomes for children with movement disorders.
The most commonly used drugs in infants with complicated intra-abdominal infections are not labeled for use in this population because safety and efficacy data are lacking. The proposed study will provide the safety information required for labeling. In addition, the PK of the study drugs has been or will be characterized in premature infants under an IND mechanism.
To determine whether a collaborative learning-derived Clinical Practice guideline (CPG) for early postoperative ventilation and extubation results in a higher proportion of subjects extubated early after infant heart surgery. This will be tested in 5 Pediatric Heart Network (PHN) sites. A comparison will be made to 5 other PHN sites who will not undergo specific training in the CPG. Times until extubation after 2 surgeries (tetraoligy of Fallot repair and repair of coarctation of aorta) will be compared between the 5 sites with active CPG learning vs. the 5 control sites. MUSC is being asked to be a control site.
The Hernia in Premies (HIP) Trial is a multi-site randomized clinical trial that is comparing two accepted treatment choices, surgery before or after neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) discharge, for inguinal hernia (IH) repair in premature infants. The reason we are doing this study is that surgeons and neonatologists currently do not know the best time to perform the hernia repair. Some providers recommend having the hernia fixed before discharge from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and some believe waiting until after NICU discharge is better. Both treatments are standard options for IH repair in premature infants. Also, all babies that have IH repair receive anesthesia. We also do not know if the age of the child receiving anesthesia affects neurodevelopment. We are comparing the timing of anesthesia exposure between the two treatments (IH repair before or after NICU discharge) to help answer these questions.
By volunteering to take part in the HIP Trial, your child will be randomly assigned to have the operation before or after NICU discharge. This means that the timing of the repair operation will be determined by chance, like flipping a coin, and he/she has an equal chance of being treated before or after NICU discharge. We will be collecting information about your baby and the treatment that he or she receives, and how your baby recovers before and after the surgery. We will also collect information about your baby from clinic notes and results from your baby?s routine 2 year follow-up neurodevelopmental testing, where your child will be asked questions that measure cognitive, language, social and motor development. We will stop collecting information about your baby and your participation will end when your child is 2 years old. There are no extra medical tests or blood work being done for research purposes in the HIP trial.
We will conduct a screening and direct assessment study in the general population in an area already undergoing monitoring by ADDM. Specifically, all 8-year-olds in a three county region of South Carolina (n=8,000) will be screened for ASD, and those found to be at risk for ASD will be invited to participate in an in-depth diagnostic assessment. Evidenced-based strategies will be implemented to maximize participation in both the screening and diagnostic phases of the study to improve the accuracy of the findings. ASD prevalence estimates will be calculated using the number of children aged 8 years residing in the study area as the denominator, and the number of children identified as cases as the numerator, with adjustments made for missing data from nonparticipants. Prevalence estimates will be provided using both traditional ADDM and SUCCESS methods. Factors contributing to
differences in ASD prevalence estimates by methodology (e.g. sex, race/ethnicity, SES, previous diagnoses, behaviors, degree of impairment, co-morbidities) will be examined. Additionally we will compare prevalence using the DSM-Iv and DSM-5 criteria.
This research study is for children between 6 years and 18 years of age who have been diagnosed with hypertension, or high blood pressure. Hypertension or high blood pressure is when someone?s blood vessels, called arteries, tighten too much. The study lasts 12 months and could involve up to 17 study visits. Compensation is available.
The main purpose of this study is to find out if the study drug, Azilsartan medoxomil (also called AZM, TAK-491, or AR14) is effective in controlling blood pressure in children 6 to less than 18 years of age and to find out if it is safe and well tolerated in this age group compared to placebo. The safety and effectiveness of AZM in children less than 18 years of age have not yet been established and currently are under investigation in the age group 1 to 17 years. This means it does not currently have FDA approval for use in children and adolescents.
Another purpose of the study is to compare a drug called losartan potassium (Cozaar) to AZM. Cozaar is an FDA approved drug that is used to treat high blood pressure in adults and children