The division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the MCH is the referral centre for pediatric cardiac surgical care in the RUIS McGill. The Division is also the primary referral centre for pediatric cardiac surgical care for the RUIS Sherbrooke. Patients are also referred by pediatric cardiologists outside the province. Our patients range in age from babies not yet born to 18 years of age who have congenital heart disease.
The Division takes a team approach to care, with on-site specialists in echocardiography (using ultrasound waves to create an image of the heart), cardiac catheterization (inserting a thin tube into an artery or vein) and intervention, as well as electrophysiology (analyzing the electrical activity of the heart), which are available to all our patients whenever needed.
The hospital also has an interdisciplinary team in its ICU led by experienced pediatric critical care physicians who provide care to our patients 24 hours a day. Specialists in pediatric cardiac anesthesia and cardiovascular perfusion provide services in the OR and ICU as well as in the catheterization lab.
The Montreal Children’s Hospital is one of only two hospitals in Quebec with the ability to provide both respiratory and cardiac extracorporeal membrane support (using a pump to circulate blood outside the body where an artificial lung fills the blood with oxygen), and this has become a routine part of care for certain high-risk pediatric cardiac patients.