Children’s has some of the highest kidney transplant volumes in the country for children from birth to age 21.*
What does this data mean?
In 2013, the kidney transplant team at Children’s performed 21 kidney transplants. This volume ranks among the highest in the country. Nearly 50 percent of the kidney transplants we performed last year were on adolescents and young adults ages 11 to 21.
Why are transplant volumes important?
Statistics show that centers that have a higher number of transplants often have better outcomes.* Our team has also treated many patients with different conditions.
How does Children’s ensure that we are providing high-quality care for infants to young adults?
- Six kidney transplant surgeons
- Seven pediatric trained nephrologists
- Pediatric anesthesiologists who specialize in working with children
- Family support team, including child life specialists who educate children and families about what to expect before, during and after transplant
- Adolescent transition clinics for our teen patients
- We focus on preemptive kidney transplants. So, a child can avoid dialysis, which can be a costly and time-consuming treatment
*United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
**Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), based on data available Jan. 31, 2014