Doná D, Torres Canizales J, Benetti E, Cananzi M, De Corti F, Calore E, Hierro L, Ramos Boluda E, Melgosa Hijosa M, Garcia Guereta L, Pérez Martínez A, Barrios M, Costa Reis P, Teixeira A, Lopes MF, Kaliciński P, Branchereau S, Boyer O, Debray D, Sciveres M, Wennberg L, Fischler B, Barany P, Baker A, Baumann U, Schwerk N, Nicastro E, Candusso M, Toporski J, Sokal E, Stephenne X, Lindemans C, Miglinas M, Rascon J, Jara P, ERN TransplantChild
Clin Transplant 34 (10) e14063 [2020-10-00; online 2020-09-22]
The current pandemic SARS-CoV-2 has required an unusual allocation of resources that can negatively impact chronically ill patients and high-complexity procedures. Across the European Reference Network on Pediatric Transplantation (ERN TransplantChild), we conducted a survey to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on pediatric transplant activity and healthcare practices in both solid organ transplantation (SOT) and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). The replies of 30 professionals from 18 centers in Europe were collected. Twelve of 18 centers (67%) showed a reduction in their usual transplant activity. Additionally, outpatient visits have been modified and restricted to selected ones, and the use of telemedicine tools has increased. Additionally, a total of 14 COVID-19 pediatric transplanted patients were identified at the time of the survey, including eight transplant recipients and six candidates for transplantation. Only two moderate-severe cases were reported, both in HSCT setting. These survey results demonstrate the limitations in healthcare resources for pediatric transplantation patients during early stages of this pandemic. COVID-19 disease is a major worldwide challenge for the field of pediatric transplantation, where there will be a need for systematic data collection, encouraging regular discussions to address the long-term consequences for pediatric transplantation candidates, recipients, and their families.