Our goal at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program is to provide world class care for you and your family using a team approach. Patients and families are a vital part of this team. In fact, you are the MOST important team member, and we encourage you to take an active role in your treatment and the recovery of your health.
Over the course of the transplant, you will be cared for by a large number of staff members. At times this may seem overwhelming. Remember, we are all working to see you successfully through your transplant.
Our team includes the following professionals:
Physicians While undergoing your transplant, medical care is provided by a transplant physician. He or she sees you on a daily basis to examine you, answers any questions you may have and keeps you informed of your progress. The transplant physicians alternate through who staffs the BMT unit every two weeks. This means you will receive care from other members of our team of physicians during your hospitalization and recovery period. Weekly meetings of the physicians and other team members keep everyone up-to-date on the status of every patient. Generally, outpatient appointments and follow up care after your stay at the hospital are performed by the physician who you met with for the initial BMT consult prior to your transplant.
Clinical Nurse Coordinator Your nurse coordinator tracks your treatment prior to your transplant admission and plans the necessary testing and treatment you will need to get ready for transplant. The coordinator also will plan your donor’s schedule. This person is your primary contact as you work your way toward transplant.
Transplant Unit Staff Nurses These nurses are educated in the care and special needs of transplant patients. Your inpatient staff nurses organize your care from the time you are admitted until you are discharged from the hospital. They will meet with you soon after admission to discuss the transplant process and what will be expected of you. They also will be available to help you and your family with any physical or emotional problems as they arise. Once you are discharged, the outpatient clinic nurses will help develop your plan of care in the outpatient setting and will assist you and your caregiver through the recovery process.
Advanced Practice Nurses/Physician Assistants These caregivers have advanced training in transplant patient care and have day-to-day responsibility for your care while you are in the hospital or in the clinic. They work in close collaboration with the attending physician in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.
Social Worker A transplant social worker is available to you and your family to discuss needs and concerns you may have. The social worker assists you with transportation, housing and financial concerns, and helps you deal with the emotional aspects of the transplant procedure. If needed, the social worker also assists in explaining your needs to your school system or employer.
Patient Accounts Representative This person works with transplant patients and their insurance companies. He or she has information for you regarding the billing process, insurance approval and coverage, and anticipated expenses.
Nutrition Specialist The transplant nutritionist meets with you to explain the special diet you will follow during your hospital stay. He or she also works with you in setting nutrition goals to prevent weight loss, follows your nutrition intake and offers suggestions on how to achieve your nutrition requirements. The nutritionist is available to you after you are discharged and during your recovery as your appetite returns to normal.
Clinical Pharmacist A clinical pharmacist participates in the planning of your chemotherapy and any other medication you receive as an outpatient or inpatient. He or she is available to answer questions you may have about any of the medications you receive.
Blood Bank Technologist This person coordinates all blood products for transplant patients and their donors. He or she processes all stem cell products after harvesting and coordinates the apheresis procedures.
Physical Therapist If you are receiving an allogeneic transplant, after your admission a physical therapist will see and assist you with your activity program.
Child Life Therapists Child life specialists help support children during stressful hospital experiences. This is done largely through play and other fun activities.