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We will be adding the following educational recordings to UNOS’ Learning Management System, UNOS Connect.  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.

 March 14 – Framework for Organ Distribution

Category: Quality and Effective Practices (QLT)

In order to align with The OPTN Final Rule, Donation Service Areas (DSA) and OPTN Regions are being removed from organ allocation. This offering will discuss how and why that is happening, and what it means for members now and in the future.

February 20 – Effective Practices in Care Coordination: Lessons from the COIIN Project

Category: Kidney (Kid)

The Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network (COIIN) project, which concluded September 2018, was a HRSA-funded, three-year pilot project that brought together 58 transplant centers across the nation in a collaborative effort to increase their acceptance and utilization of moderate-to-high KDPI kidneys. Learn more about some of the care coordination lessons learned during this project.

January 9 – DonorNet® Imaging Pilot

Category: System (Sys)

Medical imaging studies are a valuable resource in evaluating organs for transplant, but having access to high-quality images can be a challenge. UNOS is launching a three month pilot program to test new functionality for image sharing in DonorNet®. During this pilot, only participating OPOs will be able to upload Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) studies. Transplant hospitals will view these studies from participating OPOs to determine functional, training, and support needs required to make image study sharing available nationwide. This transplant hospital specific offering explains the process for viewing the studies.

December 13 – National Liver Review Board Policy: New Processes

The National Liver Review Board will be implemented in early 2019. This live Dec. 13 webinar at 3p.m. E.T. will outline the new review board structure and explain what liver programs need to know about submitting MELD/PELD exception requests, the appeals process, and how to transition existing exceptions and unresolved forms.

You can register now through UNOS Connect. Either click the Liver Webinar box on the top of the Home page or select the Live Webinar category from the course catalog. After you’ve registered, we’ll send you a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to get the webinar link. If you are attending the webinar as part of a group viewing, you must first register in UNOS Connect in order to receive credit for taking the course. If you miss the webinar, you will be able to watch a recording later.

December 6  – National Liver Review Board Policy: MELD/PELD Exception Scoring

The National Liver Review Board (NLRB) will be implemented in early 2019. In addition to creating the structure of the NLRB, the policy also establishes a new method of assigning MELD/PELD exception scores for candidates that meet the criteria for standardized exceptions. Watch this to understand the new MELD/PELD exception scoring that will be implemented with NLRB.

December 6 – TCC Learning Series – Explaining the Waiting List

Learn what the organ transplant waiting list is and how it’s used to match deceased donor organs with potential transplant recipients. After taking this course, transplant coordinators will be better prepared to talk to patients about the waiting list.

October – From Knowledge to Practice 

Learn how to apply your basic histocompatibility knowledge to coordinate patient care and education throughout the transplant process.

OctoberRecorded lecture

Listen to former Histocompatibility Committee Chair Bob Bray give a presentation to UNOS staff. He discusses the foundation of histocompatibility in transplantation and how HLA has had an impact on organ transplantation.

October Interactive quiz module

Play a fun, short game that allows you to apply what you’ve learned about HLA.

Aug. 8 – Adult Heart Allocation: OPO Impact

Category: Heart (HRT)

While the new adult heart allocation system will mostly impact data entered by transplant hospital staff, organ procurement organizations will also have some changes to account for, including broader sharing and new interactions with transplant hospitals.

Aug. 29 – Adult Heart Allocation: System Training

Category: Heart (HRT)

Waitlist has changed as a result of new policy regarding allocation for adult hearts. This system training will address changes around adult heart candidate statuses, status justification forms, and available reports related to the new allocation policy that allow better tracking of candidate data.

August – The When, What, and How for Successful Informed Consent of Transmissible Diseases

Category: Patient Safety (SFT)

Review policy changes that clarify language related to informed consent of transmissible disease risk. This offering outlines policy compliance requirements, and shares some effective practices for improving candidate education on transmissible disease risk.

August – Clarifying Extra Vessels Policies

Category: Patient Safety (SFT)

Learn what is changing related to the what you are required to report when you share extra vessels. You will also learn about what is changing related to how you verify extra vessels when they are used in a transplant-related procedure. This offering also reviews the alignment of policy language with the OPTN Final Rule and some of the exceptions in policy specifically related to extra vessels.

July –You’ve Got What I Need: Partnerships for Better Donor Collaboration & Coordination

Category: Quality/Effective Practices (QLT)

Transplant and OPO coordinators, quality staff, and hospital development liaisons will learn about effective practices to facilitate donor management and organ allocation. These practices are intended to help coordinators develop and improve ways to enhance communication and collaboration between transplant center and OPO coordinators without compromising recipient outcomes.

June – Changes to Appendix L

Category: Quality/Effective Practices

Appendix L in the OPTN Bylaws is changing. Watch this short video to see what to expect before you read the new Bylaws.

June –Psychiatric Evaluation of the Living Donor

Category: Donor

Psychiatric evaluations of living donors are complex and that complexity increases when psychosocial problems are present in the potential donor. This offering explores the requirements for psychiatric evaluation as well as how to identify high-risk donors and reduce  psychosocial complications after the donation. This class was presented at the annual conference for the Society for Transplant Social Workers (STSW).

June –Smoothing the Path to Adulthood

Category: Pediatrics

Transplant presents adolescents with unique challenges and demands. This offering helps transplant social workers identify the scope of these challenges and  help teens and young adults transition to full responsibility for their health care. This class was presented at the annual conference for the Society for Transplant Social Workers (STSW).

June – All About HLA Antibodies

Category: Histocompatibility

In the next segment of the Histocompatibility Learning Series, transplant coordinators, nurses and new transplant professionals can learn why understanding a patient’s HLA antibody status is important to ensure a safe transplant and for helping to guide post-transplant care. This course will discuss the basics of HLA antibodies, the differences for each type of organ transplanted, and how they can impact short term and long term organ survival.

June – HLA Typing – Are you my type?

Category: Histocompatibility

In the next segment of the Histocompatibility Learning Series, transplant coordinators, nurses and new transplant professionals can learn how HLA proteins that are matched between donor and organ recipient can reduce rejection risk and improve organ survival. This is why the identification of donor-recipient combinations with better HLA matches is important. This module will review methods used by HLA laboratories to HLA type transplant patients and donors.

June – National Liver Review Board Policy: New Processes

Category: Live Webinar

The National Liver Review Board, webinar scheduled for June 25 at 1:30p.m. ET will not be held at this time. We will reschedule it for a future date and let you know when it will be held. We apologize for any inconvenience.

May – National Liver Review Board Policy: MELD/PELD Exception Scoring

Category: Liver (LIV)

In June 2017, the OPTN Board of Directors approved policy establishing a National Liver Review Board (NLRB). In addition to creating the structure of the NLRB, the policy also establishes a new method of assigning MELD/PELD exception scores for candidates meeting the criteria for standardized exceptions. This offering explains the new MELD/PELD exception scoring that will be implemented with NLRB in October 2018.

May – Limit Organ Offer Acceptances by Organ Type

Category: System (SYS)

This eLearning module will  illustrate how OPOs use the new system enhancements to  manage organ offer acceptances. It will cover new requirements for limiting the number of organ offer acceptances per candidate per organ type and how OPOs must use the system to make the allocation process more efficient.

May – Preparing for Adult Heart Allocation Changes

Category: Heart (HRT)

The new adult heart policy requires hospitals to update and input candidate information in order to preserve their statuses in the appropriate urgent status categories. This offering will share how members prepare for the upcoming heart policy changes by updating both hospital policy and patient data.

April – Reduce Time to Respond to Organ Offers

Category: Quality/Effective Practices (QLT)

This infographic highlights new definitions for provisional yes, organ offer refusal and  acceptance, as well as changes to the system resulting from the reduced time to enter an organ offer response.

March 5 – Let’s Talk HLA

Category: Histocompatibility

When an organ donor’s human leukocyte antigens (HLA) are different from the recipient’s, the recipient’s immune system can recognize the donor’s organ as a foreign invader. This offering discusses the role of HLA in the discrimination of “self” versus “non-self” and how components of the histocompatibility system can set organ rejection in motion.

March 1 – Non-A1 and Non-A1B to B Blood Type Transplantation

Category: Quality/Effective Practices (QLT)

Listen to testimonials from various transplant hospital staff about how they use non-A1 to B blood type provisions and how those provisions can lead to better outcomes for their blood type B patients.

February 28 – DonorNet Mobile for OPOs 2.0

Category: System (SYS)

DonorNet® Mobile 1.0 for OPOs was launched April, 2017. DonorNet Mobile 2.0 will launch March, 2018. If you’ve been using the mobile app, you will notice a new look as well as additional and improved functionalities. OPOs can watch this recording for a demonstration of the new mobile web-based application.

February 16 – OPTN Bylaws Update: New Pediatric Training and Experience Requirements

Category: Quality/Effective Practices (QLT)

A number of OPTN Bylaws changes have been approved, pending implementation, which establish new training and experience requirements for transplant programs wishing to transplant patients less than 18 years of age. This module explains these changes, how they will be implemented, and the steps members will need to take to apply for and meet the new requirements for an approved pediatric component. We are releasing this training early to give transplant programs time to prepare for the new requirements. The module is interactive and allows you to select the topics most relevant to you.

February 16 – OPTN Bylaws Update: Definition of a Transplant Hospital

Category: Quality/Effective Practices (QLT)

The OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors approved a number of bylaws changes. Once these changes are implemented, they will affect the definition of a transplant hospital. Transplant hospital staff can review this PDF to help them understand what the changes are, how they will be implemented, and what steps they need to take to meet the new requirements, including reapplication.

January – Notification of Primary or Backup Organ Offers

Category: System

As a result of collaboration with The Organization for Transplant Professionals (NATCO) participants, we’ve added new notifications to DonorNet®. The notifications showcased in this video will allow organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and transplant hospitals to better communicate the status of organ offers.

JanuaryFollowing Recipients of Increased Risk Organs

Category: Patient Safety

The e-learning module will share effective practices in developing and implementing protocols to provide follow-up testing to recipients of PHS increased risk organs after transplant.

JanuaryReporting Events that May Impact Patient Safety

Category: Patient Safety

OPO and transplant hospital personnel who report patient safety events can use this PDF to reference what needs reporting, who should report it, and how to do it.

January – Navigating Kidney Minimum Acceptance Criteria

Category: System

We’re adding a PDF  to the Tips from the Organ Center Series page on UNOS Connect. This resource summarizes the differences between kidney minimum acceptance criteria, listing defaults, waitlist update utility, and donor acceptance criteria and explains how and when you should use them.

December – Data Services Portal: Tools to Monitor Data Quality and Submission

Category: System

This recording reviews four of the new reports available in the My Data Files section of the UNet Data Services Portal. These reports relate to monitoring data quality form submission.

December – Image Posting and Import Donor Access 

Category: System

A new series page called Tips from the Organ Center will include these two videos. Image Posting will showcase the importance of posting images of organs in the DonorNet application during the post-recovery process. Import Donor Access describes the ability for the host Organ Procurement Organization to grant access to an importing OPO to run a local match when the intended recipient declines the offer.

DecemberMatch Run Views in DonorNet

Category: System

When transplant center staff view the match run, they may not realize that their program does not have the next candidates on the match run list and may unintentionally skip prioritized candidates. This PDF explains how to view the entire match run to ensure that the allocation sequence is followed.

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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