Carolinas HealthCare System

When your child has a complex congenital heart defect, caring for him or her at home can seem overwhelming. But the Complex Congenital Heart At Home Monitoring Program (CHAMP), offered through the Congenital Heart Center at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC, is here to help.

CHAMP is an at-home monitoring system, created to assist parents in the day-to-day home care of a child when he or she is in between surgeries.

How CHAMP Works

During your child’s first four weeks at home, a home-health nurse will visit twice a week. In addition to answering any questions or concerns you may have, the nurse will check his or her overall health, including:

  • Adequate weight gain
  • Problems feeding
  • Fast breathing or problems breathing
  • Fever
  • Gastrointestinal illnesses, such as vomiting or diarrhea
  • Oxygen levels

Parents will track their baby’s progress using a binder provided by CHAMP, where they can record important information such as changes in weight, oxygen saturation levels and his or her feeding times. Parents can bring the binder to every visit with their child’s cardiologist so any problems can be addressed right away.

Our experts can help you care for your baby at home. To learn more about CHAMP, call 704-373-1813.