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Palliative Care in the Solid Organ Transplant Unit 

Palliative Care in the Solid Organ Transplant Unit
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Palliative Care in the Solid Organ Transplant Unit
Author(s):

Edith O’Neil-Page

, Charlene Earnhardt

, Sarah D’Ambruoso

, and Christine Bosley

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190204747.003.0011
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date: 22 October 2019

This chapter discusses organ transplantation as a treatment for diseases and congenital abnormalities of the heart, liver, lung and kidney. It explores the challenges that arise because the need for organs far exceeds the availability and the resultant supportive needs associated with survival. It analyzes the physical, emotional, and financial demands on patients, families, and medical services and identifies the unique role of the advanced practice registered nursein symptom management and advance care planning. It discusses the demand for transplantation and the ensuing need for public and professional education for hospitals, clinics, and communities across all cultural and financial circumstances. The chapter also covers the withdrawal of life support, including medical and mechanical life-sustaining interventions.

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