Single-Ventricle Home Monitoring Program

Babies with single-ventricular heart defects often need a series of corrective surgeries, starting soon after birth. The Single-Ventricle Home Monitoring Program allows you to safely care for your little one at home between the first procedure and the second one several months later.

While you're at home after the first surgery, your baby's heart is working twice as hard as normal. Our home monitoring program is set up to anticipate problems and support you through this vulnerable time.

You'll be fully trained and provided with tools and resources for monitoring your baby's well-being. These include round-the-clock access to a cardiac specialist, devices for measuring vital signs daily, and more.

Our program offers parents:

  • In-depth teaching and care training before you take your baby home
  • 24/7 access to the attending cardiologist
  • A home scale and other tools for daily recordings of weight, heart rate, oxygen saturation and feedings (unusual readings trigger a page to a doctor)
  • Weekly phone calls with our advanced practice nurse
  • Video consultations
  • Support from a nutritionist, as needed
  • Weekly updates for you and the referring cardiologist, documented in your baby's medical record

Contact us

Oakland: (510) 428-3380
San Francisco: (415) 353-2008

Awards & recognition

  • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

  • One of the nation's best in cardiology & heart surgery

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Activity rooms, pet therapy and more to help kids feel at home.

Child Life

Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

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Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.

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Social Services

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Activity Rooms

Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.

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Art Therapy

Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.

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Music Therapy Program

Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.

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School Program

Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.

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School Re-Entry Program

After hospitalization, we help kids return to school by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.

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Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

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Individual Playtime & Instruction

If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.

Family Resource Center

We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.

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Parent Support Program

Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.

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Patient Relations

Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.

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Spiritual Care

Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.

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International Services

If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

Fetal surgery firsts

The first open fetal surgery in the world was performed at UCSF in the early 1980s.

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