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Don’t Put Off the Transplant Care You Need

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If you need an organ transplant, or recently had a transplant, you may be nervous about seeking the care you need. We understand these worries. No matter where you are in your transplant journey — from awaiting a donor to getting support for a recent organ transplant — our expert team of transplant surgeons, nurses and clinical support staff is here to provide you with the transplant care you need.

Your safety is top of mind for our transplant team. Don’t delay your transplant care any longer. We’re taking extra measures for your protection in every AdventHealth facility, and we’re ready to care for you when you’re ready to come in.

We’re Taking Extra Steps to Protect and Keep You Safe

If you need transplant care, you can rest assured knowing that your safety is our priority. When you visit your provider’s office, you’ll notice a few new measures we’ve put in place to keep you protected and safe.

Temperature Checks at All Facility Entrances

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people with symptoms of coronavirus have a fever. To check for this symptom, we have installed temperature checks at the entrances to all facilities. All clinicians, patients and visitors will have their temperature taken before they can enter the facility.

Separate Care Areas for Anyone Who’s Sick

Those who have a fever or other symptoms will be sent to a designated area for further evaluation. We have set up specific care areas, away from other patients, for people who have concerning symptoms.

Everyone Wears a Mask

The CDC has urged everyone to wear a mask or homemade cloth face covering while in public. In line with these guidelines, we require all of our health care providers, patients, guests and staff wear a mask while in any of our facilities. We’ll give you one to wear when you enter your provider’s office if you don’t have one.

Social Distancing Measures in Our Waiting Areas

We’ve made adjustments at our locations to help maintain social distancing measures and minimize your contact with others. These include limiting the number of people in each facility, redesigned waiting rooms (look for floor markers and seat covers for where to sit and stand) and using plastic shields at registration areas.

In addition, some providers’ offices may ask you to wait in your car and will send a text when they are ready to see you.

Don’t Delay Certain Transplant Care

An organ transplant is a life-saving operation, and if you’ve been waiting for a transplant, you likely will not want to delay care if a suitable match becomes available. Talk with your transplant team if you have any questions or concerns.

If you’ve already received an organ transplant, be sure to take your medications as directed and seek care right away if you notice any symptoms of organ rejection. These may include:

  • A change in your pulse rate
  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as chills, body aches or headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain where you had the transplant
  • Passing less urine
  • Swelling or weight gain

Because organ rejection can happen months or even years after a transplant, call your physician right away if you have any of these symptoms.

Staying in Touch With Your Transplant Team Virtually

If you have a question or concern for your provider about your treatment plan, symptoms or overall health, you may not always have to come into the office. We’ve made it easy to talk virtually with your transplant team, when warranted. In some cases, you may even be able to have a video visit with your doctor.

During a video visit, you can talk with your provider about the next steps for whatever type of care you might need. You can discuss concerns or questions you might have about your risks related to COVID-19, for example, and you can also talk through your concerns about transplant care.

Your provider may give you options for connecting with an online transplant support group, if you feel like you need additional social support during this challenging time. It can be helpful to engage with others who know what you’re going through and understand how you’re feeling.

Our providers are also here to help you navigate your way through the recovery process, whether you’ve recently had surgery or you’re several years post-transplant. Our transplant team can provide you with the information, tools and resources you need.

We’re Ready When You’re Ready

Nothing is more important to us than you. Learn more about the precautions we’re taking to keep you protected and healthy, and find the transplant care you need at AdventHealth.

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