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COVID-19 Information and Resources

Published March 21, 2020 in Mid-America Transplant | Community

These are unprecedented times. Every day we learn of new challenges the novel coronavirus is creating in our lives. While this pandemic is disrupting everyone’s daily lives, we know it is causing additional concern for those who have received a lifesaving organ transplant and the 112,000 Americans still on the national waiting list.

During the coronavirus pandemic, we are continuing our mission to save lives through organ and tissue donation. Our surgical suites are open and ready to facilitate the donation process. We are taking steps to make sure safe, viable organs are available for transplant because we know people are waiting, and we’re making sure we do this safely while doing our part to “flatten the curve.”

General Information
Our clinical team and hospital partners continue their tireless and inspiring efforts to save lives. Our Quality team is continually assessing the latest guidelines regarding risk assessment for potential donors. We remain committed to working every day to provide organ and tissue donation opportunities to donor families and recipients.

To achieve this, Mid-America Transplant adheres to the highest medical standards. We are following local, state and national infection prevention guidelines as we monitor COVID-19. This includes the screening and testing of potential donors.

At this point, a potential donor infected with COVID-19 is not able to donate organs or tissues. Our team is continually assessing the latest guidelines from the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations, the United Network for Organ Sharing, the CDC and other medical professionals as it relates to transplants.    

Mid-America Transplant Offices Closed
To minimize the risk of exposure to our staff, the majority of our non-clinical teams are working from home temporarily. This follows the CDC guidelines to limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people. It reduces contact among our non-clinical staff and reduces risk to our clinical teams who work in our facility to carry out our mission to save lives. 

Because our non-clinical teams are working from home, our office in St. Louis is not accepting any visitors. If you need to contact us, please email info@midamericatransplant.org or call 314-735-8200.

All Events Canceled
Mid-America Transplant has postponed all events through April 30. Learn more about our cancelations here. At a later date, we hope to reschedule these events for later this year. 

Information for Transplant Patients
First and foremost, transplant patients should follow the directions of their doctors. We are learning more and more about this virus every day, and we’re not sure if the infection will be more severe in transplant patients. Click here for more frequently asked questions for transplant recipients.

COVID-19 Information and Resources
As we continue to monitor this evolving situation, visit the CDC and your local state health department websites for up-to-date information. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, call your doctor for further instructions.

We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available. Until then, stay safe, wash your hands, and be kind to one another. We’re all in this together.