COVID-19-related cause of death option now available for transplant recipients and candidates

COVID-19-related cause of death option now available for transplant recipients and candidates

Audience

  • Transplant program directors, program administrators, data coordinators, clinical coordinators, quality coordinators, regulatory affairs coordinators, and clinical support staff
  • Please share this notice with anyone in your organization who would benefit from this information.

Implementation date: April 1, 2020

New option available for transplant programs to report cause of death for transplant candidates and recipients

A new cause of death code, “Infection: Viral – COVID-19”, has been added to the Waitlistsm and TIEDI® to allow transplant program staff to more accurately report data. This new code will allow for a better assessment of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on transplant candidates and recipients.

What you need to do

Directions were included in an e-mail sent April 1 to staff at all transplant programs and are posted in a system notice in Secure Enterprise.

Additional details

Revisions on data collection are necessary in order to better assess the impacts that COVID-19 has had on the donation and transplant community. Having an explicit cause of death related to COVID-19 will allow for better assessment of the impact of this infection on the candidate and transplant recipient populations.

Questions?

If you have questions relating to implementation, contact UNOS Customer Service at unethelpdesk@unos.org, or call 800-978-4334 from 8 am to 7 pm EST.

For policy-related questions, contact member.questions@unos.org or call 844-395-4428.

The UNOS COVID-19 resources page is refreshed regularly with the most current updates and resources. Please check back frequently for updates*

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