Liver Transplant Safety and Best Practices

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh understands that successful recovery and care after a liver 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 he or she goes home after a liver transplant.

Avoiding Infection After Liver 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 Your Catheter
Read about the supplies you will need and how to flush a catheter.

Food Safety
Learn about why liver transplant patients are 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 liver 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 liver transplant patients and caregivers to prevent infection.