Blood Bank of Delmarva asking recovered COVID-19 patients to donate convalescent plasma
NEWARK, Del. – As COVID-19 spreads around the country, the Blood Bank of Delmarva is asking recovered COVID-19 patients to donate convalescent plasma to help the hardest hit states.
The Blood Bank is shipping convalescent plasma to the hardest hit states, including Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and California. We’re told these efforts are part of the New York Blood Center (NYBC) Enterprises’ participation in the federal initiative with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to increase the amount of convalescent plasma available to treat patients nationwide.
In the past week, NYBC has sent over 3,000 units of convalescent plasma out to coronavirus hotspots across the country. Since they started to collect convalescent plasma in April, the Blood Bank of Delmarva has had 662 unique donors who have presented to donate 864 times, and it has shipped 1738 products.
During this treatment, the patient is transfused with the donor’s plasma, with the goal of using the donor’s antibodies to help clear the virus more rapidly and help decrease the need for ICU beds and ventilators. BBD will collect, process the plasma for infusion, and maintain a supply for hospitals to treat patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections. We’re told each donation can be used to treat two to three patients struggling with severe cases of the virus.
Donors must have tested positive for the virus and be symptom-free for 14 days. Interested donors can sign up here.