Heart to Heart’s seventh Tomsk pediatric cardiac team landed in Siberia on Sunday April 1, 2012. In addition to bilingual support staff, the U.S. team consisted of a neonatologist, pulmonologist, three pediatric cardiologists, and three pediatric cardiac nurses. Among the eight medical specialists, seven have previously participated in Heart to Heart’s collaboration in Siberia.
The ability to successfully perform open heart surgery and provide post-operative intensive care to newborns has long been the gold standard in the field of pediatric cardiac medicine: since the inception of the collaboration, the number of newborn babies undergoing open heart surgery here has steadily increased.
Leading up to this mission, the Heart to Heart-Tomsk team developed a week-long educational program – including case conferences, lectures, break-out sessions, and patient examinations – designed to address topics that are specifically important for the Tomsk team at this stage of their program's development.
The progress in Tomsk over the last six years enables Heart to Heart to focus on two important advanced topics on this mission: management of newborns with congenital heart disease; and advanced PCICU and floor nurse training.