Which transplant center features are associated with better lung transplantation outcomes?

Updated: Aug 19, 2019
  • Author: Bryan A Whitson, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM  more...
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Certain features of the transplant center are associated with enhanced success. Experience has shown that transplant success correlates with the number of procedures performed at the center. Features that generally are accepted as desirable of a good program include the following:

  • Well-qualified medical and surgical personnel

  • Local and readily available support in areas of immunology, pulmonary medicine, infectious diseases, cardiology, and rehabilitation

  • Qualified house staff that is available on a 24-h basis

  • Number of lung transplants performed that is adequate to develop and maintain proficiency

  • Presence of active programs in basic and clinical research related to transplantation (desirable)


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