Kristen Coombe began her nursing career at the University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC) in the Medical ICU department. After seven years of bedside nursing, she transitioned to Transplant and was a Transplant Nurse Coordinator for the kidney team at UIC. After earning her Masters degree in Nursing and Masters of Business Administration, Kristen joined Northwestern Medicine. Kristen is currently the Clinical Operations Manager for Lung Transplant and Respiratory ECMO programs. In addition to the completing the first lung transplant for a COVID-19 patient in the nation, Kristen’s team has successfully launched the ECMO transport service at Northwestern Medicine this spring to assist in community management of COVID-19 respiratory disease.
While the effect on those who have been infected with the COVID-19 has been varied, some patients have experienced devastating consequences. This predominantly respiratory virus has lead in some to pulmonary fibrosis, which has been so severe that Lung Transplantation has been the only option to allow patients the possibility of recovery. This Webinar will present an overview of COVID-19 and a case study of a patient who required lung transplantation for COVID-19 associated pulmonary fibrosis. The expert panel will discuss patient selection and evaluation, psychosocial implications of transplantation and the intense post-transplant care that the patient requires.