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Access the latest educational resources

We will be adding the following educational recordings to UNOS’ Learning Management System, UNOS Connect, this month. To access them, follow these instructions:

  • After logging on to UNOS Connect, select Course Catalog from the main menu, then select the category icon appropriate for the recording.
  • Scroll down the list of titles to find what you are looking for.
  • Click register on the right hand side of the screen.

November – The Basics of Immunology

Category: Histo

Part one of the Histocompatibility learning series, this video provides basic knowledge of the human immune system and its components that play a role in organ transplantation.

November – Notification of Primary and Back Up Organ Offers

Category: UNet System

After collaborating with The Organization for Transplant Professionals (NATCO), we added new notifications to DonorNet® that will make it easier for OPOs and transplant hospitals to communicate the status of organ offers. A video showing you how to use the DonorNet tool will be available this month.

October – Updating the Patient Safety Contact List

Category: UNet System

Staff from OPOs and transplant centers staff now have the ability to update their Patient Safety Contacts and run reports in Secure Enterprise. This video will show them how to do it.

October – HCC Auto Approval Criteria Changes

Category – Liver

Get information on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) policy changes that align with the National Liver Review Board and enhancing liver distribution efforts. The new criteria will replace regional agreements that have been developed for HCC and create a national standard for candidate eligibility for exception points. It is scheduled to release in October.

October – TransNetSM VCA

Category: UNet System

This video walks staff through the steps to label and package VCA organs using the TransNet Application.

October – Adult Heart Allocation Policy Revisions

Category: Heart

The first in a series of instructional events related to adult heart allocation policy changes will explain the rationale behind these policy changes and describe the new medical urgency statuses. A recording of this live webinar, held  Oct. 26 at 3:00 p.m. ET, is now available.

September 19 – UNetSM Data Services Portal: “My Data Files” for Transplant Centers

Category – System

The second in a series about the UNet Data Services Portal, this live webinar held at 12:30 p.m. ET showcases how to construct reports available in the “My Data Files” section. Register in advance. If you miss the live event, we will post a recording that you can access at your convenience. 

September – Coordinator Retention

Category: Quality

We’ll add two podcasts  to the Transplant Coordinators Committee Learning Series this month. Transplant Coordinators Dawn Freiberger, from Children’s Hospital Boston, and Le Ann Stamos, from University of Utah Medical Center, will first outline the challenges of retaining OPO and Transplant Coordinators. The second audio recording continues the discussion with strategies to mitigate those factors.

August – VCA and OPOs

Category: VCA

Hear from several prominent figures in vascularized composite allograft (VCA) recovery and transplantation about how to begin a VCA recovery program at your OPO. You will also learn about VCA recovery in practical terms, and understand how VCA transplantation can benefit both your OPO and the eventual recipients.

July – Living Donor: The Typical Conversation

Category: Donor

Listen to examples of typical conversations with a living donor during the evaluation process. This video supplements DON100, which outlines current policy on informed consent.

July 12 – Data Services Portal: Kidney Waiting List Management Tool

Category: Liver

Register here for a live webinar where we demonstrate one of the many tools available in the Data Services Portal. Q&A will follow.

July 14 – OPO Allocation for Simultaneous Liver-Kidney (SLK)

Category: Liver

This video focuses on the changes in policy that OPOs will need to be aware of  so they can stay compliant in the allocation of livers and kidneys.

July 18 – Simultaneous Liver-Kidney (SLK) Allocation Town Hall

Category: Liver

Register here for a live town hall style webinar on July 18 that will begin at 2:00 p.m. EST. Members can ask questions about upcoming SLK policy changes and how they may be affected by them. If you miss the event, a recording will be available.

July 25 – Explaining Risk: Guidance on PHS Increased Risk Donor Organs

Category: Patient Safety

This video will enhance the transplant professionals’ knowledge of risks of disease transmission associated with transplantation of PHS increased risk donor organs.

June – Coordinating Organ Offers

Category: UNet System

This video summarizes the basics steps in organ allocation from match run, to organ offer, evaluation, and eventual response. It highlights effective practices, related to communication and evaluation.

June – TransNet Step-by-Step 

Category: UNet System

This step-by-step video provides instruction for each section of the main menu in the TransNet application. It is meant to supplement the training received at the OPO for new members or those who want a refresher of the application.

May – Simultaneous Liver-Kidney (SLK) Allocation Policy Changes

Category: Liver
Learn about the new medical eligibility criteria for adult candidates seeking an SLK transplant and how to be compliant with this policy change. Also learn about the new match classification priority (commonly called the “safety net”) for liver recipients who still need dialysis or have kidney dysfunction in their first year after liver transplant.

May – Waitlist Functionality for new Simultaneous Liver Kidney (SLK) Allocation Policy

Category: UNet System
This video includes the information from the SLK policy video but also instructs UNet users on how the UNet system will change. After watching, you will understand the new data collection requirements and the Waitlist functionality associated with SLK allocation.

May – Technological Advances and Ethical Conundrums: The Heart of the Matter – (final installment of 10-part series)

Category: Ethics
In the last instructional event of this series, we explore VCAs, elective transplants, inclusion/exclusion criteria, and immunosuppression and the effects these advances have on ethics in transplantation.

May – Infectious Disease Verification in the Living Donor 

Category: Patient Safety
Learn how developing a standard operating procedure for verifying infectious disease test results before living donor recovery can help you prevent disease transmission errors.

April – OPTN/UNOS KPD Message Board Page

Category: UNet System
This video teaches UNOS KPD program participants how to use the KPD message board page to improve communication among transplant hospitals during individual KPD exchanges. The improved communication decreases the average time from match offer to transplant, which increases the likelihood an exchange will progress to transplant.

April – Socio-Economic Ethical Matters: The Heart of the Matter – (ninth of a 10-part series)
Category: Ethics
Learn how socio-economic issues affect transplantation and ethics. Hear experts talk about how race, gender, and other social groupings affect access to transplant through justice and equity.

April Managing the Inactive Wait List (bonus installment of TCC Learning Series)
Category: Quality/Effective Practices
Clinical transplant coordinator at Yale New Haven Hospital, Sharon Klarman, shares with the transplant community how she uses data reports and a waitlist clinic to guide patients toward reactivation or removal from the waiting list following prolonged periods of inactivity. Before watching this video you must first watch, Managing the Waitlist: TCC Learning Series (SYS113).

April Resource Library
Access by clicking Resources from the left menu bar
Conveniently bundled together, this collection of materials and videos give you a high-level summary of UNOS and its services. It also includes modules describing the history of transplantation, how policies are made, and how to stay connected and informed. Be sure to scroll to the end to watch recordings of a donor family and recipient’s transplant story, as well as talks from OPO and transplant hospital staff on how such a match occurs. If you need to verify that you reviewed the content for orientation purposes, you may download a PDF that will add this course to your UNOS transcript.

March – Cultural Competency
Category: Quality
Dr. Juan Carlos Caicedo created a culturally competent donation program that resulted in a 74% increase in living kidney donations from the Hispanic population. In this 26 minute video, he addresses the general strategies he employed and how you can apply them to other organs and the particular demographics of any area.

MarchTransNet Case Movement
Category: UNet System
An interactive e-learning module provides a hands on opportunity for OPOs to confirm and/or increase their knowledge about case movement within the TransNet application.

MarchPediatric Lung Allocation
New Category: Pediatrics
Upcoming policy changes allow pediatric lung candidates listed before they are two years old to be considered for intended blood group incompatible matching. A decision tree PDF defines pediatric candidates meeting eligibility criteria for blood group intended incompatible lung and heart/lung transplants.

MarchEthics of Selection and Acceptance Criteria: The Heart of the Matter— (eight of 10-part ethics series)
Category: Ethics
Learn how selection and acceptance criteria are determined within the context of a sound ethical framework.Subject matter experts discuss ethical considerations regarding a candidate’s struggle with treatment compliance, addiction, obesity or if they are of advanced age and how the ethics behind these difficult decisions impact practice

MarchOPTN/UNOS KPD Message Board Page
Category: UNet System
After viewing this video, UNOS KPD program participants will be able to use the KPD message board page to better communicate with transplant hospitals for individual KPD exchanges. This improved communication will decrease the average time from match offer to transplant, thereby increasing the likelihood an exchange will progress to transplant.

February – Ethics of Increased Risk: The Heart of the Matter (sixth in a 10-part ethics series)
Category: Ethics
Explore increased risk donation. What are the challenges medical personnel face when donors have HIV, Hepatitis, cancer or other illnesses and how much should candidates be told about donor history? Also, how does increased risk to the recipient shape the ethics around transplant and how does high risk history play into donation and listing practices.

February Managing the Wait List (second installment of TCC Learning Series)
Category: UNet Systems
Clinical transplant coordinator at Yale New Haven Hospital, Sharon Klarman, shares with the transplant community how she manages waitlists using a systematic approach that leverages existing resources.

February  –Ethical Allocation: The Heart of the Matter (seventh of 10-part ethics series)
Category: Ethics
Subject matter experts discuss how allocation decisions strive to strike a balance between individual needs and common good. While considering age, status, obesity, geography and other considerations, allocation must also consider equity, fairness, beneficence and non-maleficence.

February  – Extra Vessels Handling and Storage Requirements
Category: Patient Safety
Learn the OPTN requirements of the storage and use of extra vessels, instances in which patient safety can be at risk, and practices to help avoid such instances.

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