Hepatitis C Virus-Positive Donors for Uninfected Recipients: Are High-Risk Donors a Potential Cost-Effective Approach to Save Lives?
This activity consists of recorded presentations from the 28th Annual National Conference held in Minneapolis, Minn., on Oct. 15, 2019.
Innovations in liver transplantation have been developed to address the ongoing shortage of donor organs and to optimize outcomes. Livers from donors who are infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) are commonly transplanted into recipients who are also HCV-positive. But the number of HCV-positive recipients is decreasing, while the donor pool of HCV-positive livers is expanding due to the opioid epidemic. Transplanting HCV-positive livers into HCV-negative recipients may be a novel strategy for addressing the liver donor organ shortage and may be cost effective as well.
Emerging data suggest that short-term outcomes in HCV-negative recipients of HCV-positive livers are similar to those of recipients of HCV-negative livers.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, psychologists, social workers and other health care professionals who are interested in liver transplantation and the use of HCV-positive donor livers.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe the risks and benefits of transplanting HCV-positive donor livers in HCV-negative recipients, including cost of treatment and outcomes.
- Identify the increase in HCV-positive donors as related to the opioid epidemic.
- Explain why those awaiting liver transplant are more likely to accept an organ that is identified as “increased-risk” than those awaiting other organs.
Hepatitis C Virus Positive Donors for Uninfected Recipients: Are High-Risk Donors a Potential Cost-Effective Approach to Save Lives?
Sarah Chart, RN
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Eden Prairie, MN
C. Fred LeMaistre, MD
Senior Vice President
Sarah Cannon Market Operations
Physician in Chief of Blood Cancers
Tina Rydland, PharmD
Crystal Clear Rx
Crystal Wong, MD
Propoint Medical Writing
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Dr. Wong has indicated that she has received grant/research support from MyoKardia.
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