Transplant coordinators are responsible for coordinating every aspect of transplant care, from the time of transplant through long-term, post-transplant care. Coordinators assist the physicians in the medical management of the patient and provide ongoing education for the patient and family and act as patient advocates. Their follow up care includes contact with local physicians, other healthcare facilities and outpatient clinics.
Pre-transplant coordinators are responsible for coordinating your care prior to transplant, from the time of initial referral until the time a transplant is received. A pre-transplant coordinator will assist you through the evaluation process by working closely with you, your local physician and dialysis unit. They will maintain contact with you and your physicians during the waiting period will help keep your tests and records up to date during the waiting period.
Financial counselors work with you and your insurance company both before and after transplant to facilitate financial matters concerning transplantation, such as billing, collection, deductibles, drug coverage and co-insurances. They are responsible for your education about the financial aspects of transplantation and are your best resource for assistance with any insurance related questions.
Clinical dieticians work with you and your family to evaluate your nutritional status and develop a plan for good nutrition throughout the transplant process.
Clinical Social Workers
Clinical social workers conduct a psychosocial assessment, discuss available community resources, assist with financial resources, and work with other members of the transplant team to support you emotionally throughout the transplant process. The social worker will provide information and help with completion of advance directives. They can also assist with finding a support group for patients and their families.
Transplant surgeons meet with the patients and families during the evaluation process to perform a medical evaluation, explain the surgical process and review individual risks and benefits of transplant. The transplant surgeon performs the transplant surgery and works in collaboration with the medical physicians to manage your care after the surgery.
Transplant internist/nephrologists provide medical care to patients once they have received their transplant. This includes the short and long-term management of immunosuppression and other medical issues after surgery.
Inpatient Transplant Nurses
Inpatient transplant nurses specialize in the care and treatment of transplant patients during their hospital stay. Patients are assigned a primary nurse for their inpatient nursing care that will work with physicians, coordinators and other health care disciplines to prepare you for your discharge.
Transplant Clinic Nurses
Transplant clinic nurses care for patients during clinic visits and assist with numerous outpatient procedures. The clinic nurses provide care and support for patients during the recovery period after procedures and assist in setting up required follow-up care. They also provide ongoing education for patients and their families.
Office Support Staff
Office support staff provide phone triage to coordinators and other staff and assist in management of outpatient medical information. They assist coordinators with managing patient lab results and daily patient issues and concerns.
Physician assistants assist with inpatient and outpatient care and help organize your discharge needs. Physician assistants monitor patient recovery, assist in daily medical management following transplant surgery and assist physicians in every aspect of patient care.
Surgical residents assist with inpatient care including preparing you for surgery assisting in the operating room and helping to manage post operative issues. Surgical residents work with the surgeons, nephrologists and other team members to prepare you for discharge.
Nurse practitioners assist with inpatient care and outpatient care following a transplant. A nurse practitioner assists the transplant physician with immunosuppression management as well as long-term general health management. A nurse practitioner is available to see patients in clinic on a long-term basis.
Transplant pharmacists work closely with physicians, nursing staff and the patient to ensure that the transplant medications are optimized. The pharmacists work with the rest of the transplant team to find the best way to diminish the side effects a patient may experience due to immunosuppression and other medication used during transplantation. They also assist with the management of medication scheduling.
Chaplains help many patients and families receive comfort and meaning from their faith during illness recovery. Our chaplains provide spiritual and emotional support and perform sacraments. Faith and medication opportunities are provided at the hospital chapel. Catholic and Protestant services are held on Sundays.
Other Physician Consultations
Other physician consults may be required either during the transplant evaluation or at any period after transplant to address individual needs. UW Hospital and Clinics have many specialized expert physicians that can be consulted to work together to provide the best care possible. Infectious disease, dental, endocrine, general surgery, dermatology and abdominal transplant are just a few of the physician teams that are available to assist in your care.
Other services are available to provide assistance to patients and their families. For example, interpreter services can be made available for anyone needing translation services and housing assistance can assist the patient and family should temporary housing be required.