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8 Reminders for Pre Transplant Clinic
last updated:
Tue, 4/20/2010 11:46 AM
  1. Update your phone numbers. This is such an important factor for the pre transplant nurses to have so they can update your file. The nurses at the pre transplant clinic need updated phone numbers on file so that we may contact you, especially if we get an organ donation offer.
  2. Always bring your medications or an updated list of meds you are taking so the nurse can verify for any changes. Medications can change during your evaluation and listing period, so it is important for the nurses to know exactly what you are taking.
  3. Bring your insurance card so that we can put the information on the chart. This information can change during your evaluation and listing period too, so please contact the center if your benefits change.
  4. Bring a support person. This is always helpful due to the amount of information that you will be given on your visit. Having someone else to help you remember and store everything will make your visits easier.
  5. Bring the names and numbers of other providers/physicians that are caring for you. Many times we will need to send a release of information to obtain other testing that may have been done at an outside facility. This will help with your evaluation and may prevent ordering unnecessary testing.
  6. Annual testing reports such as mammogram and pap smear should be with you. Women over 18 will need annual pap smears and women over 40 will need annual mammogram reports. Having these available may reduce your time in work up and facilitate your listing with UNOS.
  7. Be on time for your visits. We want to give you as much time as possible to go through your evaluation and ask any questions. We don’t want to rush you and this will show our staff your desire to work with us for your organ transplantation.
  8. Bring a list of questions you may have regarding transplant. Write these down prior to your visit so we don’t miss anything. Even with a good memory, it’s sometimes hard to recall questions you’ve thought about before your visit. We’re here to answer questions and support you through your organ transplant. If you have a question about a specific type of organ transplant, take a look these pages on Kidney Transplant, Liver Transplant, Pancreas Transplant and Kidney-Pancreas Transplant.

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Melissa is a transplant coordinator for the Mehtodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, contact the Transplant Institute at transplant@methodisthealth.org. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Locate a transplant surgeon in Tennessee or call 866.805.7710 for more information.

Donate Life Month
last updated:
Mon, 4/12/2010 9:38 AM

Today you can save a life! April is here and with that brings national Donate Life month. On the first of the month, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) had record of 106,729 Americans waiting on solid organ transplants. Last year only 28,464 organs were recovered for transplant. 

At the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute, we currently have 501 people waiting on a life saving organ transplant. Last year, we were able to help over 250 of these patients. Through solid organ donation, organ splitting and living organ donors, you can help us save more lives, in less than five minutes today. Today is the day to decide if you want to be an organ donor. Registering is easy and each person who registers could save as many as 8 lives. The first step to take is to register as an organ donor in your home state. 

If you live in Tennessee, you can visit the TN Donor Registry. Here you can fill out a simple online form, which will automatically register you as an organ donor. Arkansas residents can indicate their donation preferences on the reverse side of their driver’s license and residents of Mississippi can visit Donate Life MS to become a registered organ donor. If you live anywhere else in the United States you can visit, Donate Life to find the laws regarding organ donation, and how to register, in your state.

The final step in deciding if you want to be an organ donor is simply telling your family your wishes. It may seem like a difficult discussion, but letting your family know your wishes will alleviate any confusion or stress in an already difficult time for them. There are many misconceptions about organ donation. If you have any concerns about organ donation you can visit www.donatelife.net to get the facts. Today is your day to be a hero. Please consider registering to be an organ donor.

You can also look for information about organ splitting, living donor kidney transplants, living donor liver transplants and other ways that you can make a difference for someone who needs an organ transplant. Donate Life!

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Amanda Dean is a Nurse Practitioner at the Pre-Transplant Clinic. For more information contact the Transplant Institute at transplant@methodisthealth.org. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Locate a transplant surgeon in Tennessee or call 866.805.7710 for more information.

Transplants in Memphis Tennessee
last updated:
Thu, 4/01/2010 1:01 PM

The Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute has had a presence in Memphis for quite sometime and has been evolving at a rapid pace in recent years to meet the needs of our patients. To introduce ourselves today I wanted to share a few facts about why I am so proud to call the Transplant Institute home.

  • Patients have come to Methodist from across the United States for their transplant care. Recently, we have transplanted patients from as far and wide as Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, California, and Maryland, just to name a few. For those patients, we have overnight guest rooms available for their families.

  • The Transplant Institute is ranked as one of the top ten liver transplant centers in the United States

  •  The Transplant Institute has successfully performed over 420 living donor kidney transplants. Our living donor liver transplant program is currently being revitilized. 

  •  Any patient who has a transplant has more than 15 different health care workers who all contribute the transplant process. This includes surgeons, medical doctors, nurses, social workers, financial case managers, pharmacists and many others.

  • Since we began, the Transplant Institute has performed over 3300 solid organ transplants. In 2009, the transplant institute had a record year, performing 129 liver transplants, 122 kidney transplants, 2 pancreas transplants and 6 combined kidney-pancreas transplants.

  • A little history: The first kidney transplant was performed in 1970 at the UT Bowld hospital. The Bowld was the sixth kidney transplant program in the country. In 1984, the first liver transplant was performed, making UT the 3rd liver transplant program nationwide. In 2004, after many successful years, the Transplant Institute relocated to our new home at Methodist University Hospital. As you can see, the Transplant Institute is a busy place. We spend our time dedicated to ensuring every patient is given the best care during every aspect of their transplant experience.

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Amanda Dean is a Nurse Practitioner at the Pre-Transplant Clinic. For more information contact the Transplant Institute at transplant@methodisthealth.org. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Locate a transplant surgeon in Tennessee or call 866.805.7710 for more information.

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