LifeShare Texarkana takes first COVID-19 plasma donations

05/04/2020 03:00 | 3

LifeShare Texarkana takes first COVID-19 plasma donations

Capital Regional Medical Center and HCA Healthcare North Florida Division Hospitals from the Panhandle to Central Florida are now participating in a national study to determine if plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients may help treat infected individuals.

After suffering through a COVID-19 infection, Jerry Glubisz is hoping his antibodies can ease the suffering of others who get the virus.

He went on to say the blood samples of the convalescent plasma could be used in therapy treatment for COVID-19 patients.

A top British hospital will use blood plasma treatment for COVID-19 patients as part of a trial that transfuses plasma from recovered people into sick people to give their immune systems a boost to fight the virus.

In Las Vegas, Vitalant's West Charleston donor center (also known as the United Blood Center) Is already accepting donations. "I told them a lot about Austin County and how awesome it had been and that my sole reason for doing that was, of course, I wanted to be able to help someone else, but I wanted to be able to pay forward what my community had done for me".

There are now 10 research teams and over 50 hospitals working on the CONCOR trial, and transfusions of the convalescent plasma will start being transfused within the coming weeks. "For years, the medicines made from the plasma we collect have been used to treat patients around this world with life-threating or life-altering medical conditions".

Canadian Blood Services is recruiting people who are confirmed by lab testing to have had the illness and who are now symptom free to donate plasma through their online registry.

If you want to become a convalescent plasma donor, you can apply at Vitalant.org/covidfree or call 6866-CVPLSMA (866-287-5752).

"Eligible donors are those who have been declared free of COVID-19 through two swab tests and must be at least 18 years of age", he added.

Canadians Blood Services is hoping that more recovered cases will be willing to donate their convalescent plasma to the trial, which can be done at any of the 11 donor centres located in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.


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