The transplant cardiologists will thoroughly review your child's information and may recommend additional testing before approving your child for possible transplant. During the medical evaluation, we will draw blood to determine your child's blood type, infection status and to see if their other organs are functioning properly. We will do an echocardiogram to look at the heart function and structure. We may also do a diagnostic cardiac catheterization to measure the pressures inside the heart.
All families will have a psychosocial evaluation by a social worker to help anticipate any problems that may develop during the waiting period or after transplant. The social worker will provide resources to help your family understand the psychosocial and financial stresses related to transplant. Children 10 years and older will have a psychological evaluation by a psychiatrist to assess any mental health problems.
After all of your child's medical history and transplant information is sent to your insurance company, Children's Hospital Colorado will wait for approval from your insurance company before your child can be listed as a possible transplant recipient. Insurance companies sometimes require further information or testing before they approve a transplant.
The approval process
The heart transplant team meets on a weekly basis to discuss potential candidates. The full approval process can take days to weeks, depending on each individual child.