Postoperative Nursing Care of a Deceased Donor Tracheal Transplant Recipient

Author(s): Ella Illuzzi, NP, Celia Wells, PhD, RN, Anna Hackett, BS, Darlene Ricco, NP, Anne Haran, NP, Christal Gittens, RN, Maria Sevillano, RN, CWCN, Meryl Castro, RN, Eva Develleres, RN, Mardisa Samson Ramos, MSN, RN, Ziya Zhang, BA John Oropello, MD Roopa Kohli-Seth, MD

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Jun 01, 2025

Topics: MultiSystem

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

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NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Certain airway disorders, such as tracheal stenosis, can severely affect the ability to breathe, reduce quality of life, and increase morbidity and mortality. Treatment options for long segment tracheal stenosis include multistage tracheal replacement with biosynthetic material, auto-transplantation, and all transplantation. These interventions have not demonstrated long-term dependable results because of lack of adequate blood supply to the organ and ciliated epithelium. This article reviews the post transplant treatment of a 56-year-old woman who underwent a single-stage long-segment cadaveric tracheal transplant. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first article discussing post transplant nursing care of a tracheal transplant recipient in the intensive care unit (ICU).


  • Describe the implication, assessment and evaluation of a pre-tracheal transplant recipient.
  • Describe the nursing management of post-tracheal transplant recipient.
  • Describe the importance of post-tracheal transplant monitoring and the significance of any clinical changes.

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