Improving Transplant Listing
Quality Improvement Activity (QIA)

Network Project Lead: Annabelle Perez, BSN, RN
Network Project Co-lead: Virna de la Cruz, BSN, RN

Project Description and Goals

The benefits of transplantation extend to ESRD patients regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity, as well as those with common comorbid conditions, including diabetes and hypertension.

Quality Insights Renal Network 3 (QIRN3) is conducting a Transplant Quality Improvement Initiative to increase the rates of patients on a transplant waitlist by promoting early referral to transplant, and assisting patients and providers to improve referral patterns by addressing barriers identified as the patient moves through the steps identified by Sullivan et al[1].
PRIMARY GOAL:   Increase the percentage of ESRD patients on the transplant waitlist to 30% from the 2016 national average of 18.5% by 2023

SECONDARY GOAL:  Demonstrate a 2% percentage point improvement over baseline in the number of patients added to the transplant waitlist from January 2019 - September 2019.

folder2Transplant PDSA Monthly Reporting Tool
Online Reporting Tool Demo

Project Calls Schedule
  Date Time
Call Materials
Kick-off Call Jan 24, 2019 2:00-3:00 PM EST Presentation Slides
Webinar Recording
Mid-Point Apr 25, 2019 10:00 - 11:00 AM EST Presentation Slides
Status Update Call
Jun 20, 2019 10:00 - 11:00 AM EST Project Update
Status Update Call Aug 22, 2019 10:00 - 11:00 AM EST Presentation Slides
Oct 24, 2019 10:00 - 11:00 AM EST  

ESRD NCC Transplant QIA Learning Action Network (LAN)

Webinar Schedules
Date Time Slides Webinar Recording

Jan 22, 2019

3:00pm - 4:00pm EST



Mar 19, 2019

3:00pm - 4:00pm EST

Presentation Recording

May 21, 2019

3:00pm - 4:00pm EST

Presentation / Summary 


Jul 16, 2019

3:00pm - 4:00pm EST

Presentation / Resources


Sept 17, 2019

3:00pm - 4:00pm EST



Nov19, 2019

3:00pm - 4:00pm EST



Project Tools
*New* Kidney Transplant Toolkit - 2019
*New* Transplant Peer Mentor Program Toolkit
Transplant Project Management Tool
Transplant Six (6) Step Tracker 
Transplant QIA Root Cause Analysis (RCA) –Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) Worksheet
Suggested Interventions to Trial
Transplant Option Tool

Additional Resources
ESRD Network 3 has 5 transplant centers that perform kidney and/or pancreas transplants in New Jersey and Puerto Rico. However, a transplant center located in Texas is included below. Puerto Rico patients are often referred to this center.
Transplant Centers
Saint Barnabas Medical Center RWJ-Barnabas Health Livingston
973-322-5938 94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
Kidney Transplant Referral Form
Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Center at New Brunswick  Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
732-253-3699 10 Plum St, 7th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Transplant Referral Link
Hackensack Meridian Health
551-996-2000 30 Prospect Ave. Hackensack, NJ 07601 Transplant Referral Link
Our Lady of Lourdes Transplant in Camden 856-757-3840 1601 Haddon Ave Camden, NJ 08103
Transplant Referral Form

Criteria for Considering Patients for the Kidney Transplant Waitlist
Auxilio Mutuo El Gran Hospital de Puerto Rico
787-771-7575 Avenida Juan Ponce de León, Hato Rey Central, San Juan 00919, Puerto Rico  
Methodist Dallas Medical Center 
The Transplant Institute
Toll-free 800-284-2185
1441 N. Beckley Avenue
4th Floor Service Building
Dallas, Texas 75203
Kidney Transplant Application Form

Kidney Transplant Guidelines