Co-Chair: Nicholas M. Houska, DO
Co-Chair: Heidi Boules, MD
While pediatric pulmonary hypertension overall is an uncommon disease, it represents a significant proportion of the congenital cardiac anesthesiologist’s patient population. Improvements in management and therapy have led to increased survival and thus a growing patient population. Congenital cardiac anesthesiologists are increasingly relied on to care for both children and adults with PH, whether associated with CHD or other causes. Despite advances, PH remains a disease with significant perioperative morbidity and mortality when compared to the general population. Care for children with PH requires a multi-disciplinary approach and pediatric anesthesiologists provide an important role as perioperative and critical care consultants. To continue to improve outcomes for these children, those with interest and expertise in the anesthetic management of PH need to collaborate with each other and the medical community in general.
The goals of the PHTN-SIG are as follows,
- Discuss and promote current research, clinical experience, and best care practices to improve the perioperative care of children and of adults with pulmonary hypertension.
- Create a community of anesthesiologists with a collective interest in the care of children and adults with pulmonary hypertension, especially in the setting of congenital heart disease.
- Utilize multiple avenues for the dissemination of evidence-based practices in the care of patients with pulmonary hypertension to the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society as whole.
- Promote future research and collaboration in the care of children with pulmonary hypertension.