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COVID-19 updates: July 23, 2020

COVID-19 updates: July 23, 2020

Register now for the July 24 webinar, “COVID-19: Past, Present and Future Transplant Center Operations”

This webinar will feature transplant leaders discussing issues related to transplant hospital operations during COVID-19. As programs are building new processes in response to the pandemic, they are assessing staffing models, staff and patient safety, workspace configuration, and a range of operational processes.

Panelists include:

  • Brigitte Sullivan, executive director, NYU Langone Transplant Institute
  • Angie Korsun, executive director, Advanced Organ Management Services, Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner-University Medical Center Tucson
  • Jennifer Milton, chief administrative officer, UT Health San Antonio

Intended for both donation and transplant audiences, the webinar will provide insight into how transplant hospitals are adapting in the wake of COVID-19.

The webinar is scheduled for July 24 from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT. Register now. A recording will soon be available on UNOS Connect.

Top COVID-19 resources

Access webinars, daily data visualizations, links to the latest information from the organ donation and transplantation community, and more on the UNOS COVID-19 resources page. Check back frequently for updates.

Featured webinars include:

  • COVID-19 Town Hall series Organ transplant organizations from around the world convened for town hall-style webinars to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on organ donation and transplant
  • AST Special Webinar on Donor and Organ Transplant Issues The American Society of Transplantation shares information about screening donors and candidates and protecting the workforce
  • New York vs. COVID-19: We ARE Winning! The New York region’s transplant hospitals and OPOs joined forces to share experiences and solutions in a collaborative webinar on organ donation and transplantation during COVID-19
  • Access the full list of available webinars here

Also available from the UNOS COVID-19 resources page:

  • Current state of organ donation and transplantation: Latest data
  • COVID-19 policy and data actions
  • What patients need to know about COVID-19
  • Resources for transplant professionals from AST, TTS, CDC and more

COVID-19 weekly RUM report

In response to the pandemic, a temporary version of the Recovery and Usage Maps tool, or RUM, has been developed. Accessible in the Visual Analytics section of the UNetSM data services portal, the report’s interactive Tableau dashboard provides OPOs and transplant programs the most current data available regarding organ recovery and transplant activity at OPOs and programs across the country for organs with specific characteristics. More information about the tool is available here.


Organ recovery teams are encouraged to be aware of state and local travel restrictions related to COVID-19

Teams travelling for organ recovery should check for potential issues with inter-state travel regulations such as recommended or required quarantine time frames.

Summer 2020 regional meetings to be virtual

The health and safety of our meeting attendees is our top priority. After reviewing all available information, we have decided to host all summer 2020 regional meetings virtually. Meetings begin in August. Information on each region’s agenda and links to meeting materials will be made available soon on the OPTN regional meeting page.

Additional resources

Stay current

We will continue to update the UNOS COVID-19 resources page as guidance is developed and enhanced.

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