Intestinal Transplantation Safety and Best Practices

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh understands that successful recovery and care after an intestinal transplant extends well beyond the hospital stay. Below we've compiled information on safety and best practices to help parents and caregivers understand the medical and emotional needs of your child or teen once they go home after an intestine transplant.

Avoiding Infection After Intestinal Transplant

Learn about how to deal with a fever, when to use acetaminophen or aspirin, and about post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD).

Drawing Up Medications from a Vial

Learn the supplies you will need and how to draw up medications from a vial.

Flushing a Catheter

Read about the supplies you will need and how to flush a catheter.

Food Safety

Learn about who is vulnerable to foodborne illnesses, how to control the risk, how to protect yourself at home, how to cook foods thoroughly, how to sanitize food preparation areas, and more.

Travel Tips

Read about considerations for traveling before and after intestinal transplantation, how to manage your medications, how to avoid infection, and about safe food and water.

Washing Your Hands

Learn the most effective method of hand-washing for intestine transplant patients and caregivers to prevent infection.

Medicare Coverage of Intestinal Transplantation

Intestinal transplantation is now subject to a national coverage policy, making it available to more patients.