Illustrating terms in lists of nomenclature

Jorge M. Giroud, Jeffery P. Jacobs, Diane E. Spicer, James D. St. Louis

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Survival for children with cardiac disease has dramatically increased in the past four decades with the advent of improvements in diagnosis and treatment. In order to further decrease morbidity and mortality, optimization of outcomes must be vigorously pursued, and this optimization requires a common language when discussing and comparing results of the available diagnostic and therapeutic options. This common language exists and is named The International Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Code (IPCCC). In order to make the IPCCC more universally understood, a ‘virtual visual encyclopedia’ has been created that links and illustrates the terms and definitions of the IPCCC with images of all types. The Archiving Working Group (AWG) of the International Society for Nomenclature of Paediatric and Congenital Heart Disease (ISNPCHD) is an organization composed of members of the international pediatric cardiac medical and surgical community that collaborate to illustrate, with representative images of all types and formats, the pertinent aspects of cardiac diseases that affect all pediatric patients, using the codes and definitions of the IPCCC as the organizational structure. This chapter describes the process of linking illustrations and nomenclature in the effort to better understand congenital and acquired cardiac disease and improve outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric and Congenital Cardiac Care
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1: Outcomes Analysis
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781447165873
ISBN (Print)9781447165866
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiac encyclopedia
  • Cardiac images
  • Cardiac nomenclature
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Databases
  • Illustrations
  • International pediatric and congenital cardiac code
  • Internet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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