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Experience With an Acuity Adaptable Care Model for Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
This study encompasses 2,363 pediatric patients who underwent cardiac surgery before and after the implementation of an acuity adaptable care model. Under the conventional model, patients moved among units and care teams based on age, operative status, and acuity. Under the acuity adaptable care model, patients remained in the Cardiac Care Unit and received care from one clinical team throughout their hospitalization. The acuity adaptable care model was associated with a lower failure-to-rescue rate and favorable trends for operative mortality and length of stay.