The impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian Kidney Paired Donation program: an opportunity for universal implementation of kidney shipping

The impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian Kidney Paired Donation program: an opportunity for universal implementation of kidney shipping

Can J Surg 2020;63(5):E451-E453 | PDF

Thomas B. McGregor, MD; Alp Sener, MD, PhD; Kathy Yetzer, BComm, BSC(Pharm); Clay Gillrie, RN, MSN; Steven Paraskevas, MD, PhD

Summary

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” – Sir Winston Churchill

The value of Canada’s Kidney Paired Donation program to the population cannot be overstated. Its greatest challenge as a national program, however, is the geographic separation of recipient and matched donor. Representatives from every transplant program in the country have been working toward increased use of kidney shipping in order to diminish the disincentive of donor travel. With transplantation program and travel restrictions in place to minimize the risk of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the time to make a full transition from donor travel to the shipment of donor kidneys has clearly arrived.


Accepted Aug. 12, 2020

Acknowledgement: The authors thank the Kidney Surgical Subcommittee.

Affiliation: Organ donation and transplantation, Canadian Blood Services.

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: All authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this article and approved the final version for publication.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.012620

Correspondence to: T. McGregor, Department of Urology, Queen’s University, 76 Stuart St, Victory 3-4-222, Kingston ON K7L 2V7, Thomas.mcgregor@Kingstonhsc.ca