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Learning Congress planned for OPTN DCD Lung Transplant Collaborative

Published on: Thursday, September 14, 2023

The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) will convene a day-and-a-half Learning Congress in September to mark the conclusion of the OPTN DCD Lung Transplant Collaborative. To be held Sept. 26-27 in San Antonio, the Congress will be open to all adult lung transplant programs and will highlight the work of the 29 hospitals that participated in the collaborative.

The OPTN DCD Lung Transplant Collaborative is a national initiative, launched in December 2022, to support efforts to increase the transplantation of donation after circulatory death (DCD) lungs. During this project, the participating hospitals, representing approximately 45 percent of the nation’s adult lung programs, worked to improve their ability to assess, evaluate, and transplant lungs from DCD donors.

The Learning Congress will provide an opportunity for sharing insights and accomplishments from the collaborative participants as well as for continuing to explore strategies and effective practices in DCD lung transplantation. Several interactive discussions will be a key part of the Congress.

Lung programs invited to participate

Each adult lung program has been invited to send up to two participants to the Congress. Post-event recordings will also be made available in the OPTN Learning Management System.

Virtual option available for the entire community 

A virtual option is also available for the entire community to attend some of the presentations at the in-person event. Find more information and register for the virtual options below.

  • Day 1: Tuesday, Sept. 26 (Central Time)
    • Join this session to learn more about the Collaborative, strategies to increase DCD lung transplantation, DCD donor assessments and death predictions, and more.

  • Day 2: Wednesday, Sept. 27 (Central Time)
    • Join this session to hear takeaways from day one, highlights from a quality improvement project on addressing DVT prevention in lung transplant recipients, and more.

Collaborative Improvement

Collaborative Improvement (CI) initiatives are quality-focused efforts designed to bring organizations and teams together to work on a shared improvement goal. Learn more

OPTN DCD Lung Transplant Collaborative

This project aims to support efforts to increase the transplantation of donation after circulatory death (DCD) lungs by identifying and sharing effective practices. Learn more about the project.