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COVID-19 Open Access Publications – Donation and Transplantation Focus

This effort aims to create a repository for COVID-19 relevant organ and tissue donation and transplantation references, inform evidence-based emergency response recommendations, and highlight knowledge gaps that warrant investigation.

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Coronavirus Brings Challenges, Perspective To Transplant Patient

“Because of the high doses of steroids organ transplant recipients must take, Tempio is considered immuno-suppressed and will always need to be more careful.”

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Young Man’s Organ Donation Saves 5 Lives Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

“With the help of Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, Danny’s organs helped save the lives of five other people. His donations are critical during the pandemic.”

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Canadians Waiting for Organ Transplants Feel ‘defeated’ During Coronavirus Pandemic

“The process of transplanting an organ requires suppressing the immune system of the recipient within a hospital setting, said Dr. Sam Shemie, an intensive care physician at the McGill University Health Centre and the medical advisor for organ donation at Canadian Blood Services. “This puts them at high risk for COVID-19…you also have them in the hospital right after the transplant, a place where there is a high amount of COVID-19 infections.”

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Health Matters: Alberta organ transplant delays due to COVID-19

Health Matters: Alberta organ transplant delays due to COVID-19. “Organ transplant programs across Canada have been massively scaled back due to COVID-19. The University of Alberta Hospital has gone from an average of 29 transplants per month to just 15 in March 2020.”

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