Pediatric Liver Transplant
The Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at Children's Mercy Hospital provides a comprehensive approach to treating children with end-stage liver disease and/or failure. The Liver Transplant Program is a key component of our comprehensive Liver Disease Center, which provides the full spectrum of medical and surgical care for children with liver disease. Our team of surgeons, nurses, and coordinators are specially trained in pediatric transplant care, with many physicians having more than 30 years of experience. Our care team also includes a full range of support services to meet the needs of every patient and their family members.
Liver Transplant Surgery Services
- Comprehensive care, family support and education for children (ages 18 and under) with liver failure or transplants
- Evaluation and management of children with acute and chronic end stage liver failure through the Liver Care Center
- Preparation of patients for liver transplantation
- Whole organ, reduced size and split liver transplants
- Post-transplant follow-up care
- Liver transplant coordinators, surgeons and physicians are available for consultation, referral and patient management assistance at all times.
- Ongoing assistance to referring physicians for the long-term management of transplant patients. Areas of emphasis include:
- Immunosuppression regiment
- Management and prevention of related infectious and non-infectious complication
- Comprehensive team approach to the management of hepatic malignancies
- Follow-up available through Pediatric Liver Care Center Clinics
Liver Transplant Outcomes
The Liver Transplant team is dedicated to constantly improving the care provided to patients. Ongoing research projects are helping improve outcomes and enhance overall patient care.
Studies of Pediatric Liver Transplantation (SPLIT)
This multicenter study collects scientific data on pediatric liver transplantation. The study focuses on data collection, which provides important information about participants' liver disease, transplant procedure, and results to be added to a national database. This database is the first to prospectively collect information about the practices and outcomes of pediatric liver transplantation in the United States and Canada. The study is open to all patients under 18 who have received a liver or combined liver/kidney transplant or are currently are waiting for a transplant.
Quality Improvement Program
This program is designed to evaluate our team's care processes in order to make regular improvements that are beneficial to patients and families. The Quality Improvement Program has resulted in:
- Average PICU stays down from 6-7 days to 4-5 days average stay, by establishing a dedicated anesthesiology group
- Decreased days on breathing tube (from 2 days to a half day)
- Amount of antibiotics down to 48 hours posttransplant