Graft survival - Kidney transplant

Why we measure it - Graft survival indicates the proportion of transplanted kidneys that continue to function well enough that the patient does not need dialysis.

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What this means - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's graft survival is 100 percent at both one month and one year after a transplant for patients transplanted from January 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011. Children's Hospital's graft survival is 93.3 percent three years after transplant for patients transplanted from July 1, 2006 to December 31,2011. Children's Hospital consistently has a higher graft survival than that reported for children nationally.

About the data - The graft survival data table reflects the graft survival for pediatric kidney transplant patients from July 2006 through June 2011, as specified in the table, for the timeframes of one month, one year and three years after transplant. These data are publicly reported to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) for benchmarking purposes.

Related dimensions of care:

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How we provide the best care

  • We performed the first successful pediatric heart-kidney transplant in the Midwest.
  • We can perform kidney transplants on very young children. Our youngest kidney transplant recipient was 14 months old at the time of transplant.
  • We offer living donor transplants (50 percent of kidney transplants), which decreases wait times.
  • We are developing protocols that help patients with complex immunologic barriers due to human leukocyte antigen (HLA) compatibility.
  • The Kidney Transplant Program participates in the North American Pediatric Renal Trials and Collaborative Study (NAPRTCS) Group, a network of large volume centers geared toward sharing information and providing opportunities for collaborative research.
  • Pediatric intensivists are part of the care team to help closely monitor the patient and transplanted organ post-transplant.
  • Kidney transplant patients have access to pediatric physical and occupational therapy, speech and rehabilitation specialists to enhance and speed recovery. A dedicated pediatric psychologist, pharmacist, social worker and Child Life specialist consistently are involved to help children and families through the transplant process and facilitate the transition to home, school and work.

Family accommodations

Families traveling from long distances are encouraged to use our Family Accommodations Program to make travel arrangements and coordinate appointments. Children's Hospital has partnered with non-profit organizations like Ronald McDonald House to offer comfortable, "home away from home" accommodations. Local hotel chains on our referral list also offer discounts for patient families.