The Impact of COVID-19 on Solid Organ Donation: The North Italy Transplant Program Experience

Antonino Cannavò, Serena Maria Passamonti, Daniela Martinuzzi, Antonio Longobardi, Andrea Fiorattini, Nicoletta Margherita Troni, Martha Helena Esposito, Nicolina Dell'orefice, Rosanna Torelli, Tullia Maria De Feo

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Background: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has unfavorably influenced solid organ donation activity. Aim: The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of COVID-19 on transplantation in the North Italy Transplant program (NITp). Material and Methods: This cross-sectional study included all consecutive potential deceased donors proposed in the NITp in 6 weeks after February 21, 2020 (period A) compared to all potential donors during the same time frame of the previous years (period B) and all potential donors 6 weeks before February 20, 2020 (period C). Results: Fifty-eight deceased donors were proposed during period A, 95 were proposed during period B, and 128 were proposed during period C. After the evaluation process, 32 of 58 (55.2%), 60 of 95 (63.2%), and 79 of 128 (61.7%) donors were used for organ donation in periods A, B, and C, respectively (P value =. 595). We observed a 47% donation reduction in period A compared to period B and a 60% reduction compared to period C. There was a reduction of 44% and 59% in transplantation comparing period A with period B and period C, respectively. Conclusions: This study showed an important reduction of donations and transplants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2578-2583
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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