OneBlood is collecting plasma from recovered coronavirus patients to be used as a potential treatment option. The treatment is called COVID-19 convalescent plasma, and it’s an experimental therapy that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given emergency permission to use for COVID-19 patients.
What is Convalescent Plasma?
People who recover from the coronavirus have developed antibodies to the virus that remain in the plasma portion of their blood. Transfusing plasma that contains the antibodies into a person still fighting the virus can provide a boost to the patient’s immune system and potentially help them recover.
Who Can Donate Convalescent Plasma?
Donors must meet all the required screening criteria for blood donation and the additional FDA criteria, as follows:
- Prior diagnosis of COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test or a letter from a hospital or test provider confirming a positive COVID-19 diagnosis
- A positive diagnostic test at the time of illness OR
- A positive serological test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies after recovery
- Complete resolution of symptoms at least 14 days prior to donation
- As a part of your pre-donation process you will be required to provide your COVID-19 test result(s).
Where and How Soon Will Plasma Transfusions be Available?
Once your COVID-19 convalescent plasma has been collected, OneBlood transports it to our processing facilities where the unit undergoes additional testing to become the COVID-19 convalescent plasma a patient in need will receive.
OneBlood is working closely with the Florida Department of Health to identify people who have recovered from COVID-19 to be potential donors. In addition to local efforts, OneBlood is also cooperating with the federal government and anticipates participating in a national-level initiative to be able to provide convalescent plasma when and where it is needed.
As one of the largest donation centers in the country, we already have the technology in place to collect, test and process plasma from donors. Hospitals are very eager to use this therapy option and OneBlood can help during this unprecedented time.
Visit the convalescent plasma page on our website for more information and the latest updates.