Perioperative care for organ transplantation
Guest editors: Dr. Dmitri Bezinover and Dr. Fuat Saner
The perioperative care of patients requiring organ transplantation can be extremely challenging. Over the last fifty years, outcomes of solid organ transplantation have improved significantly. This progress has been possible, not only because of improvements in surgical techniques, but also due to new knowledge in the understanding of organ failure physiology, extensive research in the field of immunosuppression, and optimization of perioperative care. This has resulted in reduction of perioperative morbidity and mortality, and improved patient survival.
The scope of the thematic series includes, but is not limited to the followings topics: preoperative patient selection and cardio-pulmonary evaluation; association between preoperative conditions and postoperative outcomes; dealing with intraoperative problems, including hemodynamic instability, bleeding versus clotting, and electrolyte abnormalities; postoperative survival and complications; management of infection in the immunosuppressed patient. We will also welcome interesting case reports describing unusual clinical conditions related to: solid organ transplantation, management of non-standard situations and presentation of unusual complications.