UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Assessment and Registration

Pre-transplant Assessment and Support

Following a referral, our transplant team completes a thorough assessment of the patient, including laboratory and radiological studies. Other consultations include those with cardiopulmonary, dietary, financial, psychological and social work professionals.

Registration as a Transplant Candidate

Candidacy for transplantation is determined by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of physicians, social workers, transplant surgeons, transplant nephrologists, transplant pharmacists, dieticians and transplant coordinators. Cases are presented to this team for their review and approval.

Transplant candidacy is based on understanding the factors that may influence the long-term success of the transplant. These factors include the patient's history of treatment compliance, emotional status, family support, medical status and overall ability to comply with the rigorous post-transplant medication schedule.

Once the patient is deemed a transplant candidate, he or she is placed on a national waiting list, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). UNOS serves to match candidates with available donors.