Pre-liver transplant coordinators are registered nurses who meet with patients for evaluation for transplant, help arrange the testing required to place a patient on the waitlist, and assist in the management of patients' care while they are on the waitlist.
Post-Liver Transplant Coordinators
Post-liver transplant coordinators are registered nurses who help with patient management after they receive a liver transplant. This includes adjustment of immunosuppression (anti-rejection medication), monitoring patient's routine labwork, and managing the side effects of medications.
Liver Transplant Surgeons
Liver transplant surgeons perform the liver transplant operation. A surgeon meets with candidates prior to transplant to evaluate their appropriateness to undergo the procedure. The surgeon sees the patient after transplant when he/she comes to the transplant clinic for follow-up visits after the surgery.
Hepatologists are physicians who specialize in liver disease. Patients are seen by a hepatologist for evaluation for candidacy and to determine appropriateness for liver transplant. The hepatologist continues to be involved in the patient's medical management while they are on the waiting list, and after transplant.
Transplant Social Workers
Transplant 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 the patient 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.
Financial counselors work with the patient's 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 the patient's education about the financial aspects of transplantation and serve as a resource for any insurance-related questions.
Dieticians are registered dieticians that meet with the patient during evaluation for transplant to discuss issues such as good nutrition, weight loss, etc.
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 healthcare disciplines to prepare the patient for 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 and Nurse Practitioners
Physician assistants and nurse practitioners assist with inpatient and outpatient care and help organize the patient's discharge needs. Physician assistants monitor patient recovery, assist in daily medical management following transplant surgery, and assist physicians in every aspect of patient care. Nurse practitioners assist with inpatient care and outpatient care following a transplant.
Surgical Residents and Transplant Fellows
Surgical residents and transplant fellows assist with inpatient care including preparing you for surgery, assisting in the operating room, and helping to manage post operative issues. Surgical residents and transplant fellows work with the surgeons, hepatologists, and other team members to prepare the patient for discharge.
Transplant pharmacists work closely with physicians, nursing staff and the patient to ensure that the transplant medications are optimized. The pharmacists work with 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. The 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 Consults
Other physician consults may be required either during the transplant evaluation or at any period after transplant to address individual needs. UW Health has 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.