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Expedited SARS-CoV-2 testing saves lives of transplant patients

from Fred Hutch

The spread of COVID-19 and the resulting pandemic has compromised hospitals’ ability to perform life-saving solid organ transplants, due to risk of donor-to-recipient SARS-CoV-2 transmission and diversion of hospital resources to COVID-19 patients. For SOT procedures to continue efficiently during the pandemic, rapid SARS-CoV-2 testing of donors and recipients is necessary, as there is a short window of time in which a donated organ remains viable. However, SARS-CoV-2 testing ability in transplants settings has been limited due to supply chain shortages and lack of government approval. more

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