Collaborative Learning

The Collaborative Learning study compares how well babies do after surgery at heart centers where babies are removed from the ventilator early (called early extubation and defined as within six hours of arrival to the ICU) versus at sites where babies are not taken off the ventilators early. This study will also evaluate how well the heart centers followed the standard guidelines that were developed for postoperative extubation practices before the study started and during the study. The study will assess early extubation in infants with Tetralogy of Fallot or coarctation of the aorta.

Who was in the study?

Data were collected on babies who have Tetralogy of Fallot or coarctation of the aorta and who were undergoing surgical repair. These data were analyzed at sites which extubate their babies early compared to sites which do not extubate early to see if babies do the same, better or worse.

What happened in the study?

This study was a review of medical charts of infants from sites that extubated early as well as babies from sites that do not extubate early. Data collected included individual level data on sedation, pain scores, ventilator support, and length of stay; cost assessment data; and system level assessments.

What were the results of the study?

Results of this study are currently being analyzed.