Lung transplants have already been performed for candidates with significant lung disease related to COVID-19 infection. To help track future transplant candidates, the OPTN Lung Transplantation Committee proposes to establish diagnoses for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and pulmonary fibrosis relating to COVID-19. The OPTN Executive Committee has approved a special public comment period from Aug. 31 through Oct. 1 to gather feedback on the proposal.
The proposal would add COVID-19: ARDS and COVID-19: pulmonary fibrosis under Diagnosis Group D in OPTN Policy 10.1.F.i, Lung Disease Diagnosis Groups. These diagnoses would also be made available in the dropdown menu for listing candidates in WaitlistSM.
Learn more about the special proposal and add your voice.
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