Establishing the Role of Child Life as the Stem Cell Transplant Donor Advocate for Donors of Pediatric and Adult Patients
Research has shown pediatric patients serving as donors for stem cell transplants often lack preparation, express fears about the transplant process, and almost all experience a lack of choice in the donation process (Pentz et al., 2014). This session will recognize the necessity of requiring child life as an advocate for the donor throughout the entirety of the stem cell transplant process.
Explore the significance of the donor advocate role through the entirety of the stem cell transplant process.
Discuss and review an assessment tool created by child life specialists to implement at their own facility.
Identify specific obstacles when working with children in unique familial circumstances during the transplant process.
Brittany L. Blake
Brittany Blake has been a Certified Child Life Specialist for over 8 years and has served patients in several areas, including hematology/oncology, PICU, day surgery, and chronic illness. She has a MS degree in Child Development with an emphasis in Child Life from Texas Woman's University. Currently, Brittany is a full time instructor of Child Life at Harding University. Brittany also serves as the Chair-Elect for the ACLP Conference Program Committee.
Emily Bell Hood
Medical City Children's Hospital