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Management of People With a Fontan Circulation: a Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Position Statement

Dominica Zentner, David S Celermajer, Thomas Gentles, Yves d'Udekem, Julian Ayer, Gillian M Blue, Cameron Bridgman, Luke Burchill, Michael Cheung, Rachael Cordina, Evelyn Culnane, Andrew Davis, Karin du Plessis, Karen Eagleson, Kirsten Finucane, Belinda Frank, Sebastian Greenway, Leeanne Grigg, Winita Hardikar, Tim Hornung Show all



The Fontan circulation describes the circulatory state resulting from an operation in congenital heart disease where systemic venous return is directed to the lungs without an intervening active pumping chamber. As survival increases, so too does recognition of the potential health challenges. This document aims to allow clinicians, people with a Fontan circulation, and their families to benefit from consensus agreement about management of the person with a Fontan circulation. The document was crafted with input from a multidisciplinary group of health care providers as well as individuals with a Fontan circulation and families. It is hoped that the shared common vision of long-term wellbein..

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Awarded by National Heart Foundation of Australia

Awarded by National Heart Foundation of Australia Research Program

Funding Acknowledgements

The support of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, through provision of professional editorial assistance, is gratefully acknowledged.We thank our patients and their families as the inspiration for this document and for all that they continue to teach us. Yves d'Udekem is a Career Development Fellow of the National Heart Foundation of Australia Research Program (CR 10M 5339). Nadine Kasparian is the recipient of a National Heart Foundation of Australia Future Leader Fellowship (101229) and a 2018-2019 Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice from the Commonwealth Fund. This research project was supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support.