Transplant Critical Care: Is There A Need for Sub-specialized Units? — A Perspective


Journal Article

Abstract The critical care involved in solid-organ transplantation (SOT) is complex. Pre-, intra- and post-transplant care can significantly impact both – patients’ ability to undergo SOT and their peri-operative morbidity and mortality. Much of the care necessary for medical optimization of end-stage organ failure (ESOF) patients to qualify and then successfully undergo SOT, and the management of peri-operative and/or long-term complications thereafter occurs in an intensive care unit (ICU) setting. The current literature specific to critical care in abdominal SOT patients was reviewed. This paper provides a contemporary perspective on the potential multifactorial advantages of sub-specialized transplant critical care units in providing efficient, comprehensive, and collaborative multidisciplinary care.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sakpal, SV; Agarwal, SK; Saucedo-Crespo, H; Auvenshine, C; Santella, RN; Donahue, S; Steers, J

Published Date

  • July 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 83 - 89

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2393-1817

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2478/jccm-2018-0014