Coronavirus Transplant Update: March 20, 2020

  • OPO’s
    • No policies from the OPTN have been implemented around testing of donors.
    • Although donor testing continues to increase, there are still a number of large OPO’s that are not testing all donors.  Time constraints, even with new testing platforms, continues to be an issue.
    • AOPO and The National Kidney Foundation have submitted letters to the Federal Government.  Some of the items they wanted addressed were waivers/suspension of data metrics, clarifying the definition of transplant surgery to ensure it can not be classified as an elective procedure and policy development for consistent practice around testing of organ donors.
  • Transplant Centers
    • Centers are still accepting and transplanting organs.  From general conversation, very few thoracic centers are accepting organs from donors who are not tested for COVID-19.
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