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Transplant Referral

Patients with kidney failure have several different treatment options. One of those options is getting a kidney transplant. This page contains information about transplantation, including living donation, expanded criteria kidneys from deceased donors, podcasts from real transplant patients, and resources that can help patients make the personal decision to begin the journey toward a kidney transplant.

A Patient’s Journey Through ESRD

Being diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Disease can be both scary and confusing. However, with proper education and guidance the transition can be much smoother. This two-part podcast series takes you through a patient’s experience of crashing into dialysis and the journey to transplant. Download the podcast outline for more information on this series.

General Transplant Resources

Find a Transplant Center

Find transplant centers in your area and surrounding areas using this interactive map which includes contact information and a link directly to the transplant centers home page. We have also attached a link to assist you with multi-listing at centers out of your area and surrounding areas.

Kidney Patient Views Podcast

Downloads

Downloads in Spanish

Transplant Resources for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a National Transplant Program including kidney and kidney-pancreas transplants. All veterans enrolled for care in the VA system are eligible for consideration for transplant services.

The transplant referral process has several steps and begins at the primary VA medical center where the Veteran is enrolled and eligibility is determined. To learn more visit the VA National Transplant Program section of their website.

Six VA Medical Centers offer kidney and/or kidney-pancreas transplants:

 Resources From Other Organizations

These pages, hosted by DaVita, give lots of information on various aspects of transplantation:

Going From Dialysis to Kidney Transplant

Kidney Transplant: What You Need to Know

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is a not-for-profit organ procurement organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation and provides public education on donation in Illinois and northwest Indiana.

 

 

Inform Me is a decision aid to help patients make informed treatment decisions about whether to accept or to refuse a kidney from an increased risk donor, that:

  • Includes 4 chapters with brief text, videos, and graphics
  • Survey questions after each chapter
  • Focuses on kidneys, but also applies to other organs

Journal Article Discusses the Benefits of the InformMe Mobile App.

Get ideas to help in asking the big question when looking for a living donor:

The Big Ask: The Big Give

Public Service Announcement with Zach Braff, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin for the movie, Going in Style, promoting kidney transplantation!

National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease

This site provides information on transplant, how to talk to your health care providers, finances,  and the common steps toward transplant evaluation and being placed on the transplant wait list, and what to expect after transplant.

Kidney Transplant

www.unos.org
The site offers information on organ donation, including stories of hope, tips on finding funding sources, and a free newsletter for patients.

For Patients – Frequently Asked Questions

What Every Patient Needs to Know

Kidney Allocation Brochure

Transplant Living

This page contains links to many publications with many Spanish translations

Motivational Interviewing from Community Care of North Carolina

DaVita

These pages, hosted by DaVita, give lots of information on various aspects of transplantation:

Going From Dialysis to Kidney Transplant

Kidney Transplant: What You Need to Know

Gift of Hope

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is a not-for-profit organ procurement organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation and provides public education on donation in Illinois and northwest Indiana.

 

 

Inform Me

Inform Me is a decision aid to help patients make informed treatment decisions about whether to accept or to refuse a kidney from an increased risk donor, that:

  • Includes 4 chapters with brief text, videos, and graphics
  • Survey questions after each chapter
  • Focuses on kidneys, but also applies to other organs

Journal Article Discusses the Benefits of the InformMe Mobile App.

National Kidney Foundation

Get ideas to help in asking the big question when looking for a living donor:

The Big Ask: The Big Give

Public Service Announcement with Zach Braff, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin for the movie, Going in Style, promoting kidney transplantation!

NIDDK

National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease

This site provides information on transplant, how to talk to your health care providers, finances,  and the common steps toward transplant evaluation and being placed on the transplant wait list, and what to expect after transplant.

Kidney Transplant

UNOS

www.unos.org
The site offers information on organ donation, including stories of hope, tips on finding funding sources, and a free newsletter for patients.

For Patients – Frequently Asked Questions

What Every Patient Needs to Know

Kidney Allocation Brochure

Transplant Living

This page contains links to many publications with many Spanish translations

Other

Motivational Interviewing from Community Care of North Carolina