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In part three of Select Presentations from the 2016 Lung Transplant Conference, Ms. Rachelle Zomak, Dr. Joseph Pilewski, and Ms. Behning present on topics related to post-transplant management.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review standard of excellence guidelines for post-transplant care to improve patient survival and quality of life outcomes.
  • Emphasize place and role of patient education in the post-transplant process in efforts to improve patient outcomes
  • Emphasize prevalence of cystic fibrosis population to increase awareness and inspire research efforts.
  • Analyze the impact of community acquired respiratory viruses on allograft function, in efforts to improve patient outcomes.
  • Improve basic administrative structure in efforts to improve patient outcomes
  • Improve knowledge of the need for a team focused on post-transplant care

Reading Resources:

  1. Pattern and Predictors of Hospital Readmission During the First Year After Lung Transplantation. Alrawashdeh M, Zomak R, Dew MA, Sereika S, Song MK, Pilewski JM, DeVito Dabbs A. Am J Transplant. 2016 Sep 27. doi: 10.1111/ajt.14064. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27676226
  2. Transplantation. 2008 Jan 27;85(2):193-202. doi: 10.1097/TP.0b013e318160135f. Adherence to the medical regimen during the first two years after lung transplantation. Dew MA1, Dimartini AF, De Vito Dabbs A, Zomak R, De Geest S, Dobbels F, Myaskovsky L, Switzer GE, Unruh M, Steel JL, Kormos RL, McCurry KR.
  3. Predictors of post-traumatic psychological growth in the late years after lung transplantation. Fox KR, Posluszny DM, DiMartini AF, DeVito Dabbs AJ, Rosenberger EM, Zomak RA, Bermudez C, Dew MA. Clin Transplant. 2014 Apr;28(4):384-93. doi: 10.1111/ctr.12301.
  4. Am J Transplant. 2016 Sep 24. doi: 10.1111/ajt.14062. [Epub ahead of print] Long-Term Follow-up of a Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating a Mobile Health Intervention for Self-Management in Lung Transplant Recipients. Rosenberger EM, DeVito Dabbs AJ, DiMartini AF, Landsittel DP, Pilewski JM, Dew MA.
  5. Atrial arrhythmias after lung transplantation: Incidence and risk factors in 652 lung transplant recipients. D'Angelo AM, Chan EG, Hayanga JW, Odell DD, Pilewski J, Crespo M, Morrell M, Shigemura N, Luketich J, Bermudez C, Althouse AD, D'Cunha J. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 Sep;152(3):901-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2016.04.070
  6. The ripple effect of a complication in lung transplantation: Evidence for increased long-term survival risk. Chan EG, Bianco V 3rd, Richards T, Hayanga JW, Morrell M, Shigemura N, Crespo M, Pilewski J, Luketich J, D'Cunha J. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 Apr;151(4):1171-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2015.11.058.
  7. Healthcare Transformation and Changing Roles for Nursing.Salmond SW, Echevarria M.Orthop Nurs. 2017 Jan/Feb;36(1):12-25. doi: 10.1097/NOR.0000000000000308.
  8. A Strategic Approach for Developing an Advanced Practice Workforce: From Postgraduate Transition-to-Practice Fellowship Programs and Beyond.Taylor DA, Broyhill BS, Burris AM, Wilcox MA.Nurs Adm Q. 2017 Jan/Mar;41(1):11-19.
  9. Opportunities for interprofessional input into nurse and physician hand-off communication. Serksnys D, Nanchal R, Fletcher KE. J Crit Care. 2016 Sep 10;38:47-51. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2016.09.004. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27838439


Ms. Zomak,  Dr. Pilewski, and Ms. Behning have reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .75 contact hour.

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Release Date: 6/27/2017 | Last Modified On: 6/27/2017 | Expires: 6/27/2018

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