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dcyphr | Organ procurement and transplantation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Introduction

Even though more than six million people worldwide are in need of an organ transplant, only about 150,000 people get transplants in a year. One third of the patients who need an organ in the US get one per year. 7,600 people die each year on the organ transplant waiting list.

Many individuals in the health care world have concerns about organ donation and transplantation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients receiving the organs may be more likely to get an infection or virus. The next concern is that hospitals will not have enough resources to support transplant patients Oftentimes, patients will need care from doctors in many specialties. This study looks at the effect of COVID-19 on organ transplantation in France and the US.


Methods

The researchers used information from Public Health France, Center for System Science and Engineering, National Organ Procurement Agency, and United Network for Organ Sharing to compare COVID-19 cases with organ donation and transplantation.


Results

The rate of organ transplantation in France decreased by 90.6%. The rate in the USA decreased by 51.1%. Kidney transplantation decreased the most. Heart, lung, and liver transplants were also decreased. In areas with few COVID-19 cases, organ transplantation was still decreased.


Discussion

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world, medical resources will continue to decrease Officials will have to make tough decisions about how to distribute medical resources. This could mean less transplants are being done. Organ transplantation is a well structured and necessary medical field. So, the reduction in transplantation shows that any field in medicine can suffer due to COVID-19. With careful monitoring of the situation, organ transplantation can resume as soon as possible.