We’re “glass half full” kind of people at patientMpower, but even with our positive outlook it’s impossible to deny that 2020 has been an extremely challenging year for the lung transplant community, and particularly for those on the lung transplant waiting list.
Internationally, there has been a steady increase in the number of lung transplants performed annually over the last few decades. But the pressures of COVID-19 mean that this trend will not continue for 2020. In the UK, for example, NHS data shows that the number of lung transplants performed from 1st April to the end of August is 50% down on the same period in 2019. But wait, is that a glass half full we see? That means despite all the pressures of COVID-19, clinical teams are still performing lung transplants and patients are still receiving life-saving new lungs.
At patientMpower we are all about remote monitoring and remote care. Whilst our medical and tech teams are unlikely to find a way to deliver at-home lung transplantation surgery anytime soon, what we can do is help clinicians to manage their patients outside of the hospital setting both before and after the operation. Our remote monitoring solutions use integrated devices to enable clinical teams to assess patients lung function, oxygen saturation, temperature, blood pressure, weight, and much more, without the need for out-patient visits. We provide specialist monitoring solutions for many of the respiratory conditions for which lung transplantation is indicated, including COPD, CF and ILDs. After surgery, our lung transplant platform enables clinicians to closely track their patients for early signs of rejection and significantly reduces the need for out-patient assessments. As described in a recent webinar with pulmonologist Prof Darya Rudym at NYU Langone Transplant Institute, it has even enabled the detection and early management of COVID-19 infection in lung transplant recipients.
We already work with many leading lung transplant centres, and we are setting up new centres every week as clinics meet the challenge of providing services to new and existing lung transplant recipients during the pandemic. New technologies, new clinical pathways and protocols are helping ensure lung transplantation can continue and those who have received transplants can stay safe. So for all the lung transplant clinicians, recipients, and those waiting for the call, let’s celebrate hope this Lung Transplant Week.
For any further information about our work in lung transplantation don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@patientMpower.com.