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COVID-19 Covalescent Plasma Donation

Be Someone's Hero. Donate COVID-19 Plasma. 

COVID-19 Plasma Donation

FAQ

What is plasma?

Typically, when you “donate blood” you give all components of your blood – red blood cells, platelets and plasma.  Each component of the blood helps people in different ways.  Red blood cells help replace vital cells that are lost with excessive bleeding.  Platelets help people clot so that they don’t continue to bleed.  Plasma contains water, salts and various antibodies and proteins. 

How is plasma used?

Plasma is typically used in patients who are suffering from burns and trauma and some cancer patients.  It carries a lot of proteins that are helpful in healing and recovery.

How do you donate plasma? 

When you donate whole blood (a regular blood donation), it takes about an hour.  When you donate plasma, you are hooked up to a machine that separates the plasma from the other components of your blood.  The machine will give you back your own platelets and red blood cells and keep only the plasma.  It takes a little longer, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. 

How does plasma help COVID-19 patients?

Once someone has recovered from COVID-19, they have antibodies against the virus.  Those antibodies are a part of the plasma.  Doctors have been using convalescent plasma to treat infections since the 1800s, although it is not very common. 

Is plasma safe?

Plasma is matched to the donor just like blood (called “ABO compatibility”) so the risk of a transfusion reaction is low.  Plasma is also screened for various infections like HIV, Hepatitis B &C and others.  The risk of getting an infection is less than one in 1 million. 

Can I give plasma specifically for my loved one who has COVID-19?

It takes about 2 days for the plasma to be made ready for a patient to receive it, so the hospital will use a unit of plasma that is already prepared.   But you can donate for other patients.  Think of this as a pay-it-forward kind of model.  Someone else will have already donated for your loved one, and then you can give that ultimate gift by donating for the next person. 

Do blood banks only need plasma?

No!  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, blood drives at various workplaces and hospitals have been cancelled.  However, many blood banks have their own operation centers where you can donate.  You can make an appointment at Versiti (Franciscan Health’s blood supplier) by calling 800-632-4722 or emailing donate.in@versiti.org

Hospitals’ blood supplies are very low right now, so all blood components are needed.  If you haven’t been ill with COVID-19, we can still use your blood!

You can make a whole blood donation every 56 days and a plasma donation every 28 days. 

Thank you for your interest in making a blood donation.  It truly is the gift of life.

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As the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic together, doctors and scientists are working hard to find a treatment and vaccine. Franciscan Health is excited to be a part of a convalescent plasma infusion study spearheaded by the Mayo Clinic.

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