Liver Transplant: Patient Selection, Indications, and Optimizing Outcomes

Liver transplantation is a treatment option for patients with acute liver failure, end-stage liver disease, and primary hepatic malignancy. Specialists from a variety of fields are needed to assess if a liver transplant is appropriate and often a team of such specialists are assembled to evaluate and determine candidates for a liver transplant. The decision to list a patient for transplantation is based on a number of factors including the inherent risks of surgery, recurrent disease, and long-term immunosuppression—all of which are weighed against the potential benefits of transplantation. This session will discuss diseases that are treated with liver transplantation, the process of patient selection, evaluation, and surgical techniques used in liver transplant, along with the importance of a multidisciplinary team for optimal outcomes.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to

  1. Outline the process of patient selection, evaluation, and surgical techniques used in liver transplantation
  2. List diseases that are treatable with liver transplantation
  3. Discuss the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach for optimal transplant outcomes

Faculty Listing
R. Mark Ghobrial, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCS (Ed)
Director, Methodist Center for Liver Disease & Transplantation
Chief, Liver Transplantation Surgery
Director, Immunobiology Research Center
Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center
Houston, Texas

Disclosures of Relevant Financial Relationships
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OptumHealth Education ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

Faculty Disclosure
The faculty reported the following:
R. Mark Ghobrial, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCS (Ed) has indicated that she/he has no relevant financial relationships.

Activity Planners
Sarah Chart-Hart, RN
Senior Director
OptumHealth Education

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Martha L. New, BSN, RN, CCTC
Transplant Case Coordinator
Optum

Anne M. Sendaydiego, PharmD
AMS Consulting, LLC
Louisville, Kentucky

V. Silverstein, MD
Eagle Creek Medical Communications
Durham, North Carolina

Activity Planner Disclosures
Ms Chart, Ms Gleason, and Ms New have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
Drs Sendaydiego and Silverstein have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Method of Participation
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this activity.
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.

Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the activity, which includes the following:

  • Completing the entire activity
  • Completing the Pre- and Post-Activity Assessments, Activity Evaluation, and Application for Certificate of Credit forms

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Accreditation Statement
OptumHealth Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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Credit Designation Statements
Physicians
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Nurses
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse Practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Case Managers
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hour(s) for Certified Case Managers (CCM). (Please reference the Transplantation: The Essentials of Solid Organ and Blood/Marrow Transplant Management when contacting CCMC to claim credit for this activity.)

Pharmacists
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour(s) ([0.1] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.

Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour(s). Unique Activity Number(s): 0860-0000-15-010-H01-P

Attendance
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization to which you wish you apply credit.

Method for Calculating CE Credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Provided By
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.

Commercial Support
There was no commercial support received for this activity.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and other health care professionals who are interested in liver transplantation.

This activity consists of recorded presentations from "Transplantation: The Essentials of Solid Organ and Blood/Marrow Transplant Management" held in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 13-14, 2015.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacist
  • 0.75 AMA
  • 0.75 ANCC
  • 0.75 Attendance
  • 0.75 CCMC - General
Activity opens: 
05/18/2015
Activity expires: 
04/21/2017
Rating: 
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Available Credit

  • 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacist
  • 0.75 AMA
  • 0.75 ANCC
  • 0.75 Attendance
  • 0.75 CCMC - General
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