Why should pediatric transplants only be performed in pediatric facilities?
Pediatric transplants should be performed in a pediatric facility because pediatric transplant is a rare phenomenon. Indications for pediatric transplant are different then that of adults- for example, conditions such as biliary atresia, is more common in children than adults. Many other diagnoses, such as end-stage organ disease are complex and require a highly specialized pediatric multidisciplinary team. Children also need to have a medical staff that is trained in the growth and development of children so they can respond to patients in an age-appropriate fashion. Furthermore, unique and specialized resources for patients and families are more readily available in pediatric facilities.
See page 656-664 of Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management (2011), or page 696 of Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management (2004).