Why is it important for liver transplant recipients to learn about safe swimming?We know that significant infections can result from water exposure, so it’s critical for liver transplant recipients to understand:
- where it is safe to swim;
- where it is not safe to swim; and
- when it is not safe to swim.
Where is it safe for liver transplant recipients to swim?It’s safe for liver transplant patients to swim in chlorinated pools. In most cases, the ocean is also okay, but patients should avoid swimming in the Chesapeake because the presence of some dangerous bacteria has been found there in recent years.
If liver transplant patients experience any kind of abrasion while in the ocean, the abrasion should be thoroughly cleaned with soap and an uncontaminated water source -- not the water they are swimming in -- to minimize the risk of infection.
Where is it unsafe for liver transplant recipients to go swimming?
When is it unsafe for liver transplant recipients to go swimming?If a liver transplant recipient has an open wound of any kind, it is not safe to swim at all. In addition, swimming should be avoided if a patient is being treated for rejection.
Remember, if you have questions about safe swimming, before you go, contact your transplant coordinator to verify that swimming is safe option for you.