CAPE TOWN – COVID-19 has actually suggested many changes to the method hospitals operate and, for a few of their patients, it’s indicated a longer await elective surgery.
At one of Cape Town’s greatest state centers, the pandemic has actually put organ transplants on hold.
Luke Steenkamp has actually been a nurse at Groote Schuur Medical Facility since 2006.
After 10 years of operating in injury and emergency, he became a transplant coordinator working with both living and departed donors.
COVID-19 has actually altered all that.
Steenkamp stated, “Considering that the pandemic, we have needed to close down due to the fact that the clients we are getting are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19”
Steenkamp has now transferred to look after patients in a COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit.
While he’s utilized to having hard discussions with the families of possible donors, the treatment of COVID-19 clients who are not able to see their families, has actually been hard on him too.
For now, it is unidentified what impact COVID-19 will have on organ transplants at this medical facility– where the world’s first heart transplant was performed.
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