The transplant coordinators are registered nurses who have specialized training and experience in transplantation. They are responsible for the coordination of your pre-transplant evaluation, patient education, communication with your referring physician and all aspects of follow-up care after transplant.
The social worker is available to patients and families throughout the transplant process. He or she will evaluate your emotional and financial support and provide supportive counseling. He or she will discuss concerns related to lifestyle changes associated with transplant. The social worker can assist you with financial, lodging and transportation needs.
Transplant Financial Counselors
The financial counselor helps potential transplant recipients with financial coverage for transplant and related expenses. He or she will interview you; contact your insurance company regarding coverage; help provide the appropriate medical information to gain insurance approval; and provide you with options for out-of-pocket expenses.
A dietitian who specializes in the care of transplant patients will provide you and your family with instructions about special diet needs before and after transplant. During these times, it is important that you understand how to restrict specific nutrients and what foods constitute a healthy diet.
The pharmacist is an expert in the various medications prescribed for you. Whenever you get prescriptions filled, be sure to check them. If they look different than what you have been taking, notify your pharmacist immediately.
A hospital chaplain is a member of your health care team. The chaplain visits each patient and will assist you and your loved ones in meeting your spiritual desires if needed.
Occupational Therapists / Physical Therapists
Occupational and/or physical therapists will recommend an exercise program to improve your strength, endurance and coordination after transplant. Physical and occupational therapy staff will work with you to regain your strength and your ability and function independently.
Bedside nurses are specially trained in the unique needs and care of organ transplant patients. They are familiar with the medications, side effects and stresses of the transplant process. These nurses routinely care for patients who have received a transplant.
Utilization Review Nurses
Utilization review nurses update insurance companies about your progress and medical needs during your hospital stay. Additional information is sometimes provided by the physicians or coordinators.