Postoperative Transplant Immunosuppression in the Critical Care Unit

Author(s): Misbah A. Moten, PharmD, Christina T. Doligalski, PharmD, BCPS

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Pharmacology Hours 1.00

Expires Dec 01, 2017

Topics: Multisystem, Pharmacology

Population: Lifespan

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Solid organ transplant is a growing treatment option for many end-stage diseases. Kidney, liver, pancreas, small bowel, heart, and lung organs are all transplanted in the United States, and a registry is maintained through the United Network for Organ Sharing ( ). The type of organ transplanted determines postoperative care of the patient and requirement for immediate care in a critical care setting. In most transplant centers, recipients of kidney transplants will receive postoperative care in an acute care floor, unless hemodynamic compromise during surgery is a concern or high acuity nursing care is unavailable in a step-down unit. All other transplant recipients will receive postoperative care in an intensive care unit (ICU) as a standard of care, which accommodates invasive monitoring strategies, the use of medication drips, intensive nursing care, and hemodynamic support.


  • Describe the functional differences between the innate immune system and the adaptive immune system.
  • Describe the purpose of immunosuppression therapy for solid organ transplantation.
  • Identify the role of steroids in immunosuppression therapy.

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