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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 108-110

Recommendations of the INSHLT task force for thoracic organ transplant during COVID-19 pandemic in India

1 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, MGM Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Global Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Cardiology, MGM Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
5 Department of Cardiology, MS Ramaiah Narayana Heart Centre, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
6 Departments of Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine, Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
7 Department of Cardiac Anesthesia, CIMS Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
8 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, AIIMS, Delhi, India
9 Department of Cardiology, AIIMS, Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Alla Gopala Krishna Gokhale
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, Telangana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jpcs.jpcs_36_20

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The emergence of COVID-19 has impacted heart transplantation worldwide. The pandemic has impacted donor availability and also raised issues of safety of receipients and surgical teams. In these recommendations, the Indian Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (INSHLT) has discussed the issues related to the testing and safety issues related to the donor and the recipient as well as the surgical teams. The INSHLT recommends COVID-19 testing once consent for organ donation is obtained of both the donor and the receipient. The INSHLT also recommends high-resolution computed tomography of the chest before organ donation, especially for lung donation.

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