Dear Transplant Waitlist Candidate

As we continue to monitor the coronavirus situation, we assure you that we are committed to your health and wellbeing.

As you recall, after transplant, you will be at increased risk for infections due to the anti-rejection medicines. With the number of COVID-19 (coronavirus) patients growing daily in our hospitals and across the community, we have decided to temporarily inactivate the kidney and pancreas waitlist. We do not yet have a date for reactivating the waitlist, however, we will be reviewing this decision daily to ensure the best possible outcome for your health.

Your safety and a successful transplant are our top priority. Please take a moment to review the below list of frequently asked questions. Should you have questions or concerns, please call 855-366-7989 between the hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or send a message to your coordinator in the Emory Healthcare patient portal.

The United Network for Organ Sharing also offers a Patient Services Line at 888-894-6361, which can answer additional questions you may have during this time.

Sincerely,

Your Transplant Team


FAQs Emory Transplant

Will the temporary inactivation affect my wait time?

No, this will not affect the amount of waiting time that you have on the deceased donor wait list. You will continue to accrue wait time during this temporary inactivation, and it will not impact your priority on the waiting list once the program is reopened.

How (When) will I be notified that I am active again?

The Transplant center will notify you as soon as we determine that it is safe for us to resume transplants. At this time we do not know when that will be.

Should I keep sending in my monthly blood samples?

Yes, If you are on dialysis, you should continue to have the sample collected by the dialysis staff and sent to the Emory HLA lab.

If you are not on dialysis, you may have trouble finding a lab facility that is able to draw your blood and it is probably safer for you NOT to worry about trying to get the blood drawn for now.

Is there anything I need to do to get reactivated, or anything I should be doing during this time?

You will not need to do anything to get reactivated. When our doctors determine that it is safe to resume transplants, we will notify UNOS and you.

As always, you should notify your Waitlist coordinator if you experience any significant changes in your health, if you have any changes in your insurance or your support plan, and/or changes in your contact information (phone number, address).

You should continue to take good care of yourself by attending dialysis (if you are on dialysis), eating a healthy diet and getting some exercise daily. You should closely follow the CDC guidelines to reduce the risk of infection including hand washing and social distancing. We realize this is a very stressful time for you and your family, so take care of yourself.

I’ve been getting updated testing done for the Waitlist that has been canceled. When will that be rescheduled?

The Waitlist team will contact you to reschedule your testing just as soon as we are able. In the meantime, if there is health maintenance testing that you need to schedule with your local doctor, such as mammogram, PAP smear, or colonoscopy, please make sure you get that testing scheduled as soon as you are able.