Convalescent Plasma Donations to be Collected by Versiti Blood Centers to Treat COVID-19 Patients
Versiti blood centers is among the first in the U.S. to begin the collection of convalescent plasma. They are working with their partner hospitals to identify patients who have successfully recovered from COVID-19.
“The potential donors must first be proven to have had a COVID-19 diagnosis through a positive lab test result, and must then have a negative test result 14 days after recovering from symptoms,” said Versiti Senior Medical Director Dan A. Waxman, MD. “It’s a very collaborative effort with our hospital partners who will be working to identify and verify the donors.”
Versiti hopes to implement the coronavirus plasma collection program in early April. The donated plasma will be provided directly to the patients of hospitals with whom Versiti is partnering.
The plasma treatment would transfer the antibodies of a recovered patient, into critically ill patients who are currently receiving care.
The plasma donations, which take 30-40 minutes, will be collected at Versiti donor centers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Though blood group AB is the universal plasma donor, any blood type donor who has recovered from the virus is eligible to donate as part of the program.
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