Heart Transplant Program Patient Resources

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Consultation services

Our transplant candidates and recipients benefit from the many specialties and services Boston Children's has to offer, such as:

Child Life Services

Child Life Specialists enhance our transplant patients’ emotional, social and cognitive growth during their hospital stay, giving special consideration to each child’s family, culture and stage of development. Our professionals are trained to work in the areas of child development, special education or recreation therapy.

Infectious Disease

Boston Children’s has an Immunocompromised Host Service (within the Division of Infectious Diseases) that focuses on the infectious disease issues affecting transplant recipients. The infectious disease nurse practitioner or physician meets with each transplant candidate.

Nutrition

The Clinical Nutrition Service at Boston Children’s provides comprehensive nutrition consultation for patients of all ages. Using innovative diagnostic and evaluation techniques, our staff develops appropriate nutrition plans for many of our patients.

Perioperative Transplant Team

This group of professionals is dedicated exclusively to the care of patients having a transplant. Transplant surgeons, operating room nursing staff, anesthesiologists and cardiopulmonary perfusionists work together to provide individualized care to each patient. We are with your child from the time you arrive in the pre-operative waiting area until your child is safely in recovery.

Staff and patientPharmacy

Our pharmacists and technicians are well trained in the unique needs of young transplant patients and work closely with surgeons, physicians and the rest of the multidisciplinary team to develop a medication plan specific to each child.

Because medication is such an important part of life post-transplant, a transplant pharmacist personally meets with each transplant candidate.

Psychiatry and Psychology

Due to the drastic life changes that are part of the transplant process, many patients who have received transplants benefit from the care of a mental health professional. Long-term continuity of mental health care is critical.

Psychiatrists and psychologists at Boston Children’s work with our families right at the outset of the process and as the patient grows toward adulthood, these professionals can assist in the transition of your child’s mental health care.

Social Work

Each transplant program has a social worker that provides a wide range of services to support the care of patients and families before, during and after the transplant.


Facts and figures

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TRANSPLANT
PROGRAM
TRANSPLANTS PERFORMED
AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2013
PROGRAMS
FIRST YEAR
Heart 261 1986
Lung 89 1990
Liver 247 1984
Intestine/ MV 20 2004
Kidney 739 1971

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