Indian Society of Organ Transplantation (ISOT) frames transplant guidelines during COVID-19 outbreak

HIGHLIGHTS OF ISOT TRANSPLANT SPECIFIC GUIDELINES DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK

Deceased donor transplants can be undertaken

Routine COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) viral testing should be undertaken in all potential deceased donors within 72 hours prior to donation, both for assessment of donor fitness as well as for improving safety of staff involved in transplantation.

Epidemiological, clinical and laboratory criteria have been outlined for not accepting certain individuals as deceased donors.

Living related transplants

The living donor transplant programme may be temporarily suspended in line with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare`s advisory for hospitals and medical institutions dated 3rd March 2020.

Transplant recipients

Transplant recipients should strictly follow the travel advisories issued by the various ministries of Government of India from time to time. They should take extra precaution as they have risk of developing severe COVID-19 disease, if they acquire SARS CoV-2 viral infection.

Blood transfusion

At present, there is no evidence to suggest the transmission of Coronaviruses by blood transfusion.

Tissue and Eye Donation Criteria

Deferral will be based upon infection status in the last 28 days before donation.

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