COVID-19: Update on organ donation and transplantation services
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Consensus guidance for organ donation and transplantation services during COVID-19 pandemic
On March 12, a meeting of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Expert Advisory Committee (ODTEAC) brought together donation and transplantation leaders from across the country. The aim of the meeting was to develop consensus guidance that can be used by provincial organ donation organizations and regional transplant and donation programs to guide the administration of organ and tissue donation and transplantation services in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is understood that each organization, program and jurisdiction will develop their own policies.
Consensus guidance for tissue donation and transplantation during the COVID-19 pandemic
On March 20, a teleconference meeting of the Canadian Eye and Tissue Donation Community was held, bringing together eye and tissue donation and bank leaders from across the country. The aim of the meeting was to share information and develop a consensus which can be used by provincial donation organizations, eye and tissue banks to guide the administration of eye and tissue donation and bank services considering the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 impact on Kidney Paired Donation (KPD) program
On March 16, 2020, the KPD program was put on-hold to minimize the possibility of exposing living donors, transplant candidates, and recipients to COVID-19. On May 12, Canadian Blood Services’ Kidney Transplant Advisory Committee, Living Donation Advisory Committee, and OTDT leadership agreed to restart the Kidney Paired Donation Program in three phases:
- Phase 1: To resolve all KPD program donation and transplantation chains affected by program suspension on March 16, 2020. The goal is to complete or collapse all affected chains by August 2020.
- Phase 2: Beginning June 2020, KPD match runs will take place every month. Programs will be encouraged to ship and receive kidneys, instead of asking donors to travel, with some local travel by donors taking place at the discretion of programs.
- Phase 3: By Fall 2020, it is expected that most provincial programs will have returned to normal operations. The KPD team will work with provincial programs to identify opportunities for innovation and adapt to the new environment.
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Statement from the Canadian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Community
- CDTRP: COVID-19 Open Access Publications – Donation and Transplantation Focus
- Canadian Society of Transplantation: COVID-19 Information
- Public Health Agency of Canada: COVID-19 Information
- Public Health Agenco of Canada: Infection prevention and control for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Health Canada: COVID-19 Information
- Canadian Blood Services: COVID-19 Information for the public
- Canadian Outbreak At-A-Glance Reported Data From Provincial Health Ministries: COVID-19 Canada (https://resources-covid19canada.hub.arcgis.com/)
- UofT: COVID-19 Bioethics Resources
- Accreditation Canada, Health Standards Organization, the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare: COVID-19 Resources for Health and Social Services
International sites and resources
- The Transplantation Society: COVID-19 Dashboard
- UK NHS: COVID-19 advice for clinicians
- AST: COVID-19 Organ Donation and Transplant Town Hall (April 13, 2020)
- AST: COVID-19 Special Module on Donor & Transplant Issues (April 17, 2020)
- UNOS: COVID-19 Information
- WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic
- BTS: COVID-19 Information
- BTS: Transplant Library COVID-19
- Eurotransplant: COVID-19 and Organ Donation