Highly Trained University Hospitals Staff Expedites Patient Evaluations
Our highly trained staff helps patients feel at ease, from the first consultation to the actual transplant to the outpatient follow-up visits at University Hospitals.
For those preparing to undergo a kidney transplant, the process can seem daunting. Not only does the fear and anxiety of impending surgery bring stressful feelings, but also the worries of a successful transplant can take an emotional toll.
Once a patient is referred to the Kidney Transplant Program at University Hospitals Transplant Institute, an intake coordinator conducts a phone interview with the patient to obtain demographic (address and phone), insurance, and medical information. Once this interview is complete, the patient is scheduled to attend a mandatory education class. The education class is taught by a transplant nurse coordinator and reviews the following:
- Patient selection criteria
- Necessary medical tests
- The kidney transplant waiting list
- Information about the procedure itself
- What to expect during recovery
- The importance of anti-rejection drugs to prevent complications
- Post-transplant follow-up care at UH
Patient Evaluation at UH
At the Kidney Transplant Program at UH, an extensive evaluation is performed before the patient is added to the transplant waiting list. Common tests include:
- Blood tests
- Diagnostic tests
During the evaluation process, several experts in the UH Kidney Transplant Program will meet with the patient. Those expert include:
- Transplant surgeons
- Nurse coordinators
- Social workers
- Other team members (anesthesiologists, hematologists, infectious disease specialists, psychologists)
Convenient Access to Kidney Transplant Program
UH opened the Satellite Education and Evaluation Center in Akron, Ohio to bring expanded UH Transplant Institute services to northeast Ohio and make the patient evaluation services more accessible.
We believe that this local access to the UH Kidney Transplant Program in Summit County is crucial in helping more patients make an informed decision about transplantation. In addition, the satellite location provides evaluation services, including identifying those patients that may be excellent candidates for a kidney transplant.
Once patients are added to the kidney transplant waiting list, the transplant procedure and follow-up care are then performed in Cleveland, Ohio, at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.