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Online Nutritional Management in Children with Congenital Heart Disease in the Context of COVID-19: A Prospective Study

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Yanfeng Yang1, Chenjun Liu2,*, Yang Chai3,*, Jianghui Cai1, Yaheng Lu1, Feifei Si1, Bo Yu1

1Chengdu Women's and Children's Central Hospital, Department of Cardiology Chengdu, Sichuan, China.

2School of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

3People's Hospital of Honghuagang District, Zunyi, Neurosurgery, Linjiapo Road, Honghuagang District, Zunyi City, Guizhou,  China.

*Corresponding author: Chenjun Liu, Yang Chai


Objective: Children with congenital heart diseases (CHD) require multiple follow-ups at the hospital (including nutritional assessment), increasing the risk of nosocomial infection with the SARS-CoV-2. The study aimed to examine the online control management model on the well-being of children with CHD during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: This prospective study was conducted in patients with CHD in the Department of Cardiology of Chengdu Women’s and Children’s Central Hospital between February and July 2020.Through the establishment of the NMT team and the adoption of the "Internet plus" approach, the families of the children with CHD were given professional counseling, intervention, guidance online, a service system of disease and psychological counseling, and self-assessment. The satisfaction survey on the family members of the CHD children were conducted using two microcodes of hospital standard satisfaction questionnaire. Results: There were 72 patients with CHD enrolled in this study. The online consultations prevented 18 children from visiting the hospital. Since they were always accompanied by at least one relative, it effectively reduced at least 36 individuals of being exposed to COVID-19. None of the 72 children suffered from delayed diagnosis and treatment or irregular long-term management due to the influence of the epidemic. The average satisfaction after the intervention was higher than before the intervention (98.3±2.8 vs. 95.1±6.5, P=0.048). Conclusion: The online prevention and control management mode of the NMT team during the COVID-19 epidemic achieved a win-win situation of epidemic prevention and control and promoting the recovery of the children with CHD.


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How to cite this paper

Online Nutritional Management in Children with Congenital Heart Disease in the Context of COVID-19: A Prospective Study

How to cite this paper: Yanfeng Yang, Chenjun Liu, Yang Chai, Jianghui Cai, Yaheng Lu, Feifei Si, Bo Yu. (2023) Online Nutritional Management in Children with Congenital Heart Disease in the Context of COVID-19: A Prospective Study. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine Research7(1), 78-84.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/ijcemr.2023.01.014

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