Decrease in the number of organ donations

St. Olavs Hospital i TrondheimSt. Olavs Hospital i Trondheim.Photo: Gorm Kallestad / SCANPIX

New figures show a decrease in the number of transplants during the Coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, there are record waiting lists for kidney transplants.

So far this year, 194 patients have had one or more new organs. 49 donors have donated a total of 215 organs, which is fewer than at the same time last year, figures from Oslo University Hospital show. Corresponding figures at the same time in 2019 were 255 organs for 238 patients from 61 donors.

According to the Organ Donation Foundation, the numbers are better than expected when considering the Coronavirus pandemic. According to the foundation, there are now record waiting lists for kidneys – of 501 patients waiting for a new organ in Norway, as many as 416 are kidney patients.

– One of the explanations for the decrease in the number of donations is that there have been fewer accidents. This is due to the fact that the population has remained at home to a greater extent, writes the Organ Donation in a press release.

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