Dawn A Freiberger

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UNLABELLED The purpose of the pretransplant assessment in lung transplantation is to determine a patient's need for transplant as well as their potential survival post-procedure. In 2005, the UNOS introduced the LAS, a calculation based on multiple physiologic measures to determine need and likelihood for survival. Measures include NYHA class and the 6-MWT.(More)
Preparing patients for transitioning to self-managed care and subsequently transferring to the adult healthcare system has become a critical process for clinicians working with pediatric transplant recipients. This paper reviews several barriers to a successful transition. These include patient barriers, caregiver barriers, and considerations within(More)
The National Organ Transplant Act stipulates that deceased donor organs should be justly and wisely allocated based on sound medical criteria. Allocation schemes are consistent across the country, and specific policies are publicly vetted. Patient selection criteria are largely in the hands of individual organ transplant programs, and consistent standards(More)
Pediatric lung transplantation is a lifesaving option for patients with end stage lung disease, although the scarcity of suitable donor organs results in long wait times and increased waitlist mortality. Many pediatric centers consider mechanical ventilatory support, such as long-term invasive ventilation and ECMO, a contraindication to lung(More)
High-risk (carcinogenic) genotype human papillomavirus (HPV) infections can be associated with significant morbidity in the immunocompromised solid organ transplant (SOT) recipient. Immunosuppression-associated persistent infection can predispose to the development of rapidly progressive high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (HSIL) in this population.(More)
End-of-life care is a component of palliative care and takes a holistic, individualized approach to patients, focusing on the assessment of quality of life and its maintenance until the end of life, and beyond, for the patient's family. Transplant teams do not always make timely referrals to palliative care teams due to various clinician and perceived(More)
BACKGROUND Gastroesophageal reflux disease is thought to predispose to adverse lung allograft outcomes. However, little is known about the burden of gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and gastroparesis in pediatric patients. In this study we describe the burden of reflux and gastroparesis in children undergoing lung transplant, and evaluates their impact on(More)
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