New Rules for Liver-Kidney Allocation—What You Need to Know
Originally aired on August 8, 2017
On August 10, UNOS will implement a new policy regarding simultaneous liver-kidney (SLK) allocation. This new policy, approved by the Board of Directors in June 2016, is the result of over a decade of work drafting proposed language, data analysis, and consensus building. The policy will require liver and kidney programs to report new data on the liver and kidney waiting lists and will also require OPOs to check eligibility status prior to allocating a kidney with a liver.
The objectives of this webinar:
- Participants will understand the three elements of the new policy: 1) SLK medical eligibility criteria; 2) SLK allocation rules; 3) Kidney “safety net”—prioritization for liver recipients on the kidney waiting list in the first year after liver transplant
- Participants will gain knowledge about changes to liver and kidney waiting list functionality around the new policy and documentation required for compliance
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Optimizing Immunosuppression in Liver Transplant Patients
While immunosuppression is effective in preventing rejection following LT, it may be sub-optimal for some recipients or too aggressive in others, leading to complications of under- or over-immunosuppression. Many programs have a "one size fits all" approach, leading to standard protocols for everyone and only changed when complications occur (rejection or infection, etc). The field needs to move toward more personalized approaches incorporating clinical characteristics, disease states, diagnoses at the time of transplantation, etc in order to optimize immunosuppression therapy. This four-part webinar series discusses the use of different approaches and the data that support their implementation. Click "Browse Sessions" or "Entire Conference" to view the four sections. Developed by the AST Liver and Intestinal Community of Practice.
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ASTS/AST Update on White House Organ Summit Commitments
ASTS and AST are pleased to offer a free one-hour webinar to provide additional information and answer questions related to the call for commitments at the White House Organ Summit in June. The webinar will feature Jennifer Erickson from the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.
The White House Organ Summit was focused on reducing the wait list for transplantation. During that meeting, a number of organizations announced new initiatives that were innovative and collaborative and intended to address the organ shortage. In follow-up from the Summit, the White House has publicly announced an opportunity for additional commitments focused on transplantation.
This webinar is open to anyone interested in potentially submitting commitments for new transplant initiatives.
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