Mayo Clinic Q&A: Transplant Surgeries and COVID-19
This episode is shared from Mayo Clinic Q&A and was recorded in September, 2020.
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Guest: Patrick G. Dean, M.D.
Host: Sanjeev (Sanj) Kakar, M.D. (@sanjkakar)
Transplants are identified as nonelective surgeries, and transplant patients have faced urgent medical needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our practice, like many others across the country, did slow down in March and April of this year,” says Dr. Patrick Dean, a Mayo Clinic transplant surgeon. “Patients and providers were concerned ― appropriately so ― about what would happen with this pandemic and whether it would be safe to have a transplant or for that matter any health care that wasn’t absolutely emergent.”
In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Dean talks about taking care of transplant patients; overcoming surgery challenges during the pandemic; the increased risks transplant patients have of developing SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, because of compromised immune systems; and the important need for COVID-19 testing.
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