Diabetes is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease in the United States. Combined kidney and pancreas transplantation is a safe and effective treatment option for diabetic nephropathy. During the past decade, pancreas transplants had improved outcomes as a result of improvements in pancreas recovery and preservation, the surgical procedure, immunosuppressive regimens, and immunologic monitoring. Current 1-year patient and graft survival rates are 90% and 80%, respectively, and evidence is accumulating that Improvements occur in microvascular and neuropathic complications as well. Successful outcomes of Kidney and pancreas transplantation are due in large part to careful nursing assessment, diagnosis, Intervention, teaching, and discharge planning
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Professional Issues, Technical Innovations, and Clinical Trends| February 01 1995
Combined Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
Marilyn Rossman Bartucci, MSN, RN, CS, CCTC
From the Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing and the Transplant Center, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio.
Reprint requests to Marilyn Rossman Bartucci, MSN, RN, CS, CCTC, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Transplant Center, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1995) 6 (1): 143–152.
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Marilyn Rossman Bartucci; Combined Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 1995; 6 (1): 143–152. doi:
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