What should I do when I get the call for my lung transplant surgery?

The followoing presented as general information and may vary from your healthcare institution's transplant team. Follow your own transplant team's instructions exactly.

When a lung has been identified for you, a transplant coordinator will contact you by telephone. Remember, this could be any time of the day or night. Please make sure your phone numbers are always up to date.

As soon as you receive the call, do not eat or drink anything (not even water) unless instructed by the coordinator. Your stomach must be empty before surgery.

It is normal to feel both excited and scared. Because of the natural confusion caused by the need to get to the hospital quickly, you might feel rushed and confused. You'll be glad you planned ahead to get to the hospital with minimal delay, knowing you have left your home in order.

How quickly should I get to the hospital?

As soon as you receive the call, bring the suitcase you packed ahead of time and follow the timeline outlined by your coordinator to get to the hospital. Even though the donor lung receives special handling, there is a time limit. Always follow the timeline outlined by your coordinator to get to the hospital in time

If you live more than four hours away from the transplant center, the transplant coordinator on call will arrange transportation for you and one family member. If you live less than four hours away, you likely will need to be driven to the hospital. Have someone drive you carefully there.

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