Transplantation improves morbidity and mortality in ESRD patients regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity, as well as those with common comorbid conditions, including diabetes and hypertension.  The intent of the Transplant Coordination QIA is to promote early referral to transplant, and assist patients and providers to improve referral patterns by addressing barriers identified as the patient moves through the 7 steps to wait listing.

Overarching Goal: By 2023 increase the percentage of ESRD patients on the transplant waitlist to 30% from the 2016 national average of 18.5%. 

2019 Improve Transplant Coordination QIA

The Network will work with 30% of dialysis facilities in the Network service area and demonstrate a 10% increase in the number of eligible patients waitlisted.

Project Participant List

Project Paperwork

Transplant Coordination Materials

Don't Miss a Minute

Modality Decision Matrix 

Transplant Bulletin Board Contest 

Algorithm Transplant Medically Ineligible 

Algorithm Transplant Patient Denied for Transplant 

Project Requirements

Implement Network interventions to improve the process for patients to get waitlisted. Complete monthly paperwork and determination of eligible patients as requested. Support the use of the Patient Ambassador Program.

Transplant Eligibility Spreadsheet Job Aide

Transplant March/April To Do List

Transplant June/July To Do List


Improve Transplant Coordination 2018 Kick Off

Improve Transplant Coordination Patient Ambassador Kick Off 2018

Dr. Anne Huml: 7 Steps to Wait-listing

Living Donation PAC Call April 2018

Additional Resources

Transplant Resources and Materials

Transplant Center Criteria

Transplant Lobby Day Tips

Patient Facility Representatives

Research and best practices have demonstrated that units with active participation of patients as members of the health care team achieve better clinical outcomes more readily. This year, the Network is requesting that each facility in the Improve Transplant Coordination QIA designate at least one patient, or preferably, one patient per shift to take the lead on special projects. We will provide training for these patients to supervise these programs in the clinic. Patients should be viewed as role models in the unit as far as the ability to lead and become "the unofficial spokesman" on the care team.

In this role, the patient will:

  • Provide contact information to the Network.
  • Participate in educational and information web conference presentations with the Network.
  • Review educational materials designed for patients in the target facilities and throughout the Network community.
  • Distribute and review resources with patients.

Patient Facility Representative Resources and Materials

Improve Transplant Coordination Patient Ambassador Kickoff New and Improved

Living Donation PAC Call April 2018

NCC: Is Kidney Transplant Right For Me?

Transplant Center Criteria

National Kidney Foundation: The Big Ask The Big Give 

UNOS What You Need to Know About Transplantation

National Living Donor Assistance Program

Patient and Healthcare Team

IPRO ESRD Network of the Ohio River Valley
Network 9 (IN,KY,OH)

Deb DeWalt, MSN, RN
Quality Improvement Director

Sue Swan-Blohm, BS, OCDT
Quality Improvement Coordinator