Transplantation is the best therapy for most patients with end stage kidney disease because it provides the best quality of life and helps people live longer compared to dialysis. A successful kidney transplant can as much as triple a patient's life expectancy.
Transplant First - a joint initiative between the BC Renal's Kidney Care Centre (KCC) Committee and BC Transplant - is to promote pre-emptive transplants (transplants provided to patients before they start dialysis) through living donation.
The first goal of this initiative was focused on working with staff and patients at the 14 Kidney Care Clinics (KCCs) across BC to inform them of the advantages and safety of living donation and give tools to assist in finding willing donors.
In the second phase of this initiative, the focus has been more about implementing and sustaining enhanced pre-transplant clinical processes to ensure every KCC patient who is a potential kidney transplant candidate is identified, assessed and supported along the path toward transplantation as the treatment of choice, including assistance in finding a living donor.