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Coronavirus Information for Transplant Patients

Back to School Safety Tips

If you are the parent of a child who has received an organ transplant, visit this website for helpful back-to-school tips to keep your child safe. This information is provided by UNOS and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society.

Here we answer some questions that we’ve been receiving from transplant patients. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your transplant care team at 315-464-5413.

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What guidelines are available for pre-transplant and post-transplant patients?

In addition to the guidelines provided for the general population by the CDC, it is recommended that both pre-transplant and post-transplant patients avoid sick people and crowded situations. It is also recommended that all patients try to stay at home as much as possible and wash hand frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizer.

If you don’t feel well, call your transplant coordinator for further guidance. Please refer to guidelines posted on the American Society of Transplantation website, which is being regularly updated.

What should I do about my medications?

Continue to take all of your medications as prescribed unless otherwise notified by your provider. Try to keep a one-month supply available at all times. If you have specific questions, please call your provider who may be able to order an emergency supply.

Will my transplant be delayed?

Our top priority is always the safety of our patients. At this time, we are continuing to asses all deceased donor organ offers for our actively listed patients. We are working with the Organ Procurement Organization to carefully assess all donors to determine the risk of COVID-19.
We are delaying living donor transplants at this time and will reach out to all of our scheduled patients to reschedule at a later date.

Priority scheduling of medically-necessary appointments and procedures – Effective March 16, 2020
In an effort to protect our patients and staff, and to prioritize the needs of those who may require immediate care, we will be rescheduling as many patient appointments and procedures over the next eight weeks. We will contact you directly if your outpatient visit, procedure, or surgery is postponed until a later date.

We will also be working to move some patients to virtual visits and home care, as appropriate. During this time, the transplant clinic will remain open only to care for patients who require in-person visits and time sensitive care.

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