Transplant Center

Iowa's Only Blue Distinction Center® for Transplant

Message to our patients:

We recognize that this infection is frightening for many patients. Experts, including those at the National Kidney Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control, believe that patients who have received a transplant may be at higher risk if they do develop infection.

Please review these things that you can do to reduce your chance of being infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease:

  • Avoid crowds and other large gatherings where an infection could easily spread. This includes entertainment events, sporting events, and religious gatherings.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Avoid touching surfaces that may have been touched by other people (for example, door handles, railings, shelves).
  • Try not to touch your face and nose unless you have recently cleaned your hands.
  • Do not travel by air, bus, or rail unless absolutely necessary. 
  • If you have symptoms of a respiratory illness (fever, cough, muscle aches), you need to contact your transplant center or doctor for instructions. Call first before you go to the hospital. 
  • PLEASE DO NOT GO OUT IN PUBLIC UNTIL YOU ARE CLEARED BY A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL. If you do need to go to the hospital wear a mask and let the clinic know in advance if possible. 

There are a few additional things that are important for patients with a transplant to consider:

  • If you have been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID 19, SARS-COV2), let your transplant center know immediately. It may be necessary to adjust your medication. 
  • If you have been exposed to someone with coronavirus and are in quarantine, let your transplant center know so that you can be closely monitored. 
  • Do not skip medication doses unless you are told to do so by your health care team. Contact your transplant coordinator to request additional medications early so that you have plenty on hand.
  • If you become ill, remember to stay hydrated with water or sugar-free sports drinks.
  • If your symptoms worsen or if you are having more cough, nausea, or high fevers, let your transplant team know. You may need to come to the hospital.
  • If you have a routine clinic appointment scheduled, please check with your transplant center to see if you should still come. It may be possible to treat patients using video or telehealth rather than with an in-person visit. 

Finally, it is important that you prepare for the possibility that you may have to be in your home for two weeks. In this case, prepare by having non-perishable food, hand sanitizer, soap, and clean water.

Additional Resources:

UI Hospitals & Clinics Coronavirus Landing Page

National Kidney Foundation

Centers for Disease Control

American Society of Transplantation FAQs

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The University of Iowa Organ Transplant Center is a multi-institutional, multidisciplinary center designed to put the patient at the center of the care team. Through our state-wide services, experts from different disciplines are brought together in one place to serve our patients' needs and to help restore them to normal living. 

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