Transplant Critical Care: Is There A Need for Sub-specialized Units? - A Perspective

Sujit Vijay Sakpal*, Suresh Kumar Agarwal, Hector Saucedo-Crespo, Christopher Auvenshine, Robert N. Santella, Steven Donahue, Jeffery Steers

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The critical care involved in solid-organ transplantation (SOT) is complex. Pre-, intra- and post-transplant care can significantly impact both - patients' ability to undergo SOT and their peri-operative morbidity and mortality. Much of the care necessary for medical optimization of end-stage organ failure (ESOF) patients to qualify and then successfully undergo SOT, and the management of peri-operative and/or long-term complications thereafter occurs in an intensive care unit (ICU) setting. The current literature specific to critical care in abdominal SOT patients was reviewed. This paper provides a contemporary perspective on the potential multifactorial advantages of sub-specialized transplant critical care units in providing efficient, comprehensive, and collaborative multidisciplinary care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-89
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Critical Care Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • abdominal organ transplantation
  • critical care medicine
  • solid-organ transplantation


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