Convalescent Plasma Donation
April 30, 2020
In cooperation with a national program led by Mayo Clinic, CHRISTUS St. Vincent is now employing convalescent plasma therapy in the treatment of COVID-19.
What is convalescent plasma therapy?
Convalescent plasma refers to blood plasma collected from people who have recovered from COVID-19. The donated plasma is used to treat others with advanced illness. The plasma donor must have recovered from, and tested negative for, COVID-19 and be otherwise healthy.
The treatment is based on the function of antibodies – proteins created by the immune system that combat invaders to the body in a variety of ways. Some are capable of neutralizing a virus, while others work by mobilizing a range of other immune cells that fight off disease. It is not yet known by which mechanism COVID-19 antibodies might work, but the current thinking suggests that an infusion of convalescent plasma may boost a generalized immune response, known as passive immunity, until a patient develops a strong, targeted ability to fight the virus.
Plasma Donors Needed
The collection of donated plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients is currently underway. Eligible donors must be COVID-19 recovered patients who have been completely asymptomatic for at least 14 days.
If you have recovered from COVID-19 and would like to donate plasma, please contact CHRISTUS St. Vincent Care Coordination: 505-913-4256.
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