Kidney Transplant Program

Kidney Transplant Education Resources

Educated patients have the best outcomes. We believe that educational resources for our patients and families fosters better kidney transplant and living donation care.

Within each stage of our process, we offer these materials at a reasonable pace with additional information and examples to help patients and families know what to expect and how they can best be prepared.

Much of this information has been collected from sources that include CMS and UNOS/OPTN policies and guidelines and industry partners.

Transplant Education

All materials in this section are for patients needing a kidney, before and after transplant.

Transplant Evaluation

Living Donor Champion Training

Finding a Living Donor: The Fast Track to Getting a Kidney

This training module and its accompanying materials provide waitlist candidates with an approach to either recruit an advocate to assist in helping them find a living donor or help them directly find themselves a living donor.

Other Living Donor Champion Resources

The Big Ask: The Big Give

Visit the National Kidney Foundation’s website for more information about living donation. Stay tuned for The Big Ask: The Big Give interactive workshops in to be held in 2018.

Be Ready for Transplant

Post-Transplant Care

Midstream Clean Catch Urine Sample Collection

Learn how to perform a midstream clean catch urine collection for females. (From Virginia Tech Health Education at the Schiffert Health Center.)

Midstream Clean Catch Urine Sample Collection

Pharmacist’s Corner

A pillbox is an important tool to help you stay on track with taking your medicine. You will be shown how to fill your pillbox when you are in the kidney transplant office.

You may figure out a new way that works better for you. It’s not important how you fill your pillbox, as long as the right medicines are in the right spots.

Filling your Pillbox: Standard Method

The video below can help refresh your memory on the way that you learned in the kidney transplant office (standard method):

Pillbox video

Filling your Pillbox: One Day at a Time Method

This video shows a different way to fill your pillbox (one day at a time method), which you may like to try:

Pillbox video

Social Worker’s Corner

Aging with Dignity: Five Wishes

Families also use Five Wishes to help start and guide family conversations about care in times of serious illness. Five Wishes is helpful for all adults – everyone over 18 years old – and anyone can start the conversation within a family. Sometimes it begins with grandparents and other times it is the younger family members who bring up the topic. Regardless of your age, you can bring this gift to your family.

If you want to get started right now, you can use Five Wishes Online to complete and print a customized document immediately, and share instantly with those you care about.

National Living Donor Assistance Program

The National Living Donor Assistance Program assists some living donors with financial support to cover the costs of transportation and lodging for donor evaluation, surgery and followup. This web info is available in English and Spanish. This application involves the donor, recipient and transplant Social Worker.

PAN Foundation

Patient Access Network is also known as the PAN Foundation, is where patients can go to apply for co-pay assistance for medications. Or the you can call for English and Spanish: 1-866-316-PANF. These applications can be initiated by the patient, but the social worker must complete a portion with medical information.

Dietitian’s Corner

Weight loss can be a challenge before or after transplant. Here are some tips that may help you along the way to your ideal weight.

Phosphorus Education

Phosphorus is a mineral found in almost all foods. It works with calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones healthy. Healthy kidneys keep the right amount of phosphorus in your body. When your kidneys are not working well, phosphorus can build up in your blood. Too much phosphorus in your blood can lead to weak bones that break easily.

Phosphorus and kidney disease – What you need to know?

Phosphorus and kidney disease – Dining out

Phosphorus and kidney disease – Grocery shopping

Other Resources

My Transplant Coach

My Transplant Coach is an interactive decision aid to help kidney patients learn about and understand their condition, and assist them in making healthcare decisions. Part of the family of educational programs available through Explore Transplant, My Transplant Coach is an interactive, online, video-based decision aid for patients with kidney failure. It uses animated videos and personalized graphs to help patients understand what treatment options are available, so they can make informed decisions that are right for them.

Living Well with Kidney Failure

Living Well with Kidney Failure is an educational video series on DVD with six companion booklets in English, Spanish, and close-captioned text that helps you educate patients and their families about kidney failure and its treatment.

To order a copy today, visit the online store. Single copies are FREE for patients and their families.

Kidney Failure Patient Stories

Living Well playlist

UNOS Kidney Transplant Learning Center

The kidneys are a vital organ in the human body. More than 600,000 Americans currently receive treatment with dialysis or have received a kidney transplant to stay alive. Learn more about kidney disease, prevention, and treatment through our Kidney Transplant Learning Center.

Living Donation Resources

This section includes materials for patients who want to give a kidney.

Introduction to Living Donation

Patients will be provided an Introduction to Living Donation presentation that covers the basics of our criteria, process and the most critical details to a successful experience.

Patients and family members will have the opportunity to engage the transplant team for specific questions.

This presentation is provided to living donor candidates during their evaluation.

Living Donor Training

Become a Living Donor: The Fast Track to Giving the Gift of Life

This training module and its accompanying materials provide living donors knowledge about the process for donating a kidney.