Referral and evaluation
A transplant nurse coordinator will collect the appropriate medical records and schedule a transplant evaluation. A transplant nurse coordinator will facilitate communication through the entire transplant process.
The patient will have a comprehensive evaluation by all members of our transplant team, including the transplant physicians, transplant surgeons, transplant nurse coordinator, social worker, financial coordinator and may include dietitians, psychologist. The team will determine what tests and labs will be required in order to determine if a patient is a transplant candidate.
Patient listed and awaiting transplant
After completing the evaluation process a patient may be transplanted if there is a living donor or placed on the waiting list. If a transplant candidate is to placed on a transplant waiting list. The wait list is through the
Once an organ is available for transplantation, the patient is notified by one of the transplant coordinators. The patient goes to University of Missouri Health Care and is admitted to surgery floor. After the transplant, the transplant team will follow the patient closely during recovery. In the first few weeks after being discharged from the hospital, the patient will be seen frequently in our outpatient clinic.
Follow-up After transplant
Once the patient is home, there will be regular contact with the nurse coordinator and will return periodically to University of Missouri Health Care for follow-up exams. Over time, more routine care will be transitioned to the primary care physician. For continuity of care and to ensure the best outcomes, we follow our patients for the life of the transplant.