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#CHDtransition

Transitioning from pediatric to adult CHD care

We are excited to announce the launch of our revised and expanded Transition information section on our website, which includes an outline of transition timeline recommendations and a tools and resources section to support and educate youth and families during the transition process. Check it out!

General information about Transition and Risks: https://www.cchaforlife.org/transition 

Transition timeline recommendations: https://www.cchaforlife.org/transition-timeline-recommendations

Tools and Resources: https://www.cchaforlife.org/transition-tools-resources

 
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The purpose of these transition recommendations is to support families understand the stages of Transition and support discussions with your CHD healthcare team.  Transition should be personalized for each individual, in accordance with their chronological age, developmental stage and abilities.  Active engagement in the transition process is vital for teens and young adults and families to prepare for a healthy life as an adult with CHD

Life Stages

Introduction to Health: Age 2-7 years old

Goal - Understanding their body

Transition preparation begins when your child is a toddler; coach them to...

Resources

Health Information Summary

It’s important that your teen carry a Health Summary record in some form at all times. It should include

  • name of cardiac condition and other medical conditions
  • previous cardiac surgeries/interventions and other surgeries
  • name of medications
  • allergies
  • need for endocarditis prophylaxis (Yes/No)
  • names and contact details of health providers (CHD and primary care)
  • other vital info (i.e. low HR, low O2 sat, no pulse in right arm)

What is normal for you and your CHD?

There are many options to achieve this.

Medical Alert bracelet - consider getting a Medic-Alert bracelet as they have 24 hour medical...

Transitioning from pediatric to adult CHD care

Transition

Children pass many  milestones growing up, the first day of kindergarten, the liberty of becoming a licensed driver and -going-off-to-college or university, just to name a few. Parents give the necessary “talks” about responsibility, risk and behaviour. These transitions are thought of as rites of passage.

Prepping our youth for entry into adult health care should be no different than transitioning into college, university or into the workforce.  At some point, most individuals will assume responsibility for maintaining and managing their own health. There remains work to do to...

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