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AST releases recommendations and guidance for organ donor testing

AST releases recommendations and guidance for organ donor testing

In response to inquiries regarding COVID-19, the American Society of Transplantation’s Infectious Disease Community of Practice has developed recommendations regarding organ donor testing. This guidance reflects the current state of knowledge and involves questions pertaining to screening and testing of living and deceased donors in the COVID era. Specifically, the guidance document provides recommendations on:

  • Assessing exposure through epidemiological, clinical and laboratory screening of potential donors
  • Mitigating risk of transmission of COVID-19 from deceased donors through testing and screening
  • Preliminary living donor strategies to lower the risk of COVID-19 donor-derived infection and prevent harm to the donor

The AST document is subject to change as more information becomes available.

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