266 - Special Delivery: Developing a Uterine Transplant Program
Description: Special Delivery: Developing a Uterine Transplant Program Shaune Kovach, BSN, RN; Kaitlyn Nowak, BSN, RN, Alana Hampton, BSN, RN Jill Moran, RN; Monica Rogerson, RN; Nick Rogerson, RN, Dalena Sitton, BSN, RN; Rachel Saunders, BSN, RN; Katie Koch, BSN, RN; Heather Hartman CST; Ronnie Zukas, ORT; Dee Sharp, CST; Dena Salamon MSN, RN; Mary Szostakowski MSN, RN, CNOR.
Up to 5% of reproductive aged women suffer from Uterine Factor Infertility (UFI). These women are born without a uterus. Previously the only avenue available for these women to have a child was adoption and in in vitro fertilization (IVF) with a carrier. Uterine Transplant surgery offers these patients a chance to experience carrying and delivering a child. Developing a uterine transplant program can be a challenging undertaking. Strategies for transplant program development will be discussed in this poster. Program successes and risk factors will be outlined as well as obstacles and possible solutions. In addition, tactics for familiarizing staff with this newer procedure and equipment will be presented, including detailed descriptions of a process to educate and document caregiver competency. Perioperative nurses, educators, and leaders will learn why staff engagement, ethical considerations, level of comfort, and participation are key to ensuring safety, consistency, evidence based practice, and standardization within a uterine transplant program.
Co-Authors: Jillian Moran, Dena Salamon, Monica Rogerson, Mary Szostakowski, Alana Hampton, Dalena Sitton, Shaune Kovach