Since the initiation of cardiac transplantation in 1967, more than 1,000 procedures have been done worldwide. A high percentage of these transplant procedures have been completed in the past few years. In 1983, 11 centers in the United States performed 173 transplant procedures; by 1984, there were more than 30 heart transplant centers. This sudden increase is due primarily to increasing survival of transplant recipients since the introduction of cyclosporine. However, most transplant surgeons believe that the use of this drug alone will not result in survival results and rehabilitation similar to those obtained in experienced transplant centers. Institutional commitment, adequate resources, attention to detail and most importantly, a dedicated transplant team, are important elements to ensure success. This manuscript will define guidelines for the establishment of a new transplant program and eludicate the organizational details necessary to implement such a program, based on our experience at the Johns Hopkins Hospital over the past two years.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Heart Transplantation|
|Publication status||Published - 1984|
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