Berkshire Health Systems Seeks Plasma Donations From Recovered COVID-19 Patients

Doctor Cesare Perotti director of the immunotransfusion service at the University of Pavia San Matteo Hospital holds a bag of plasma after a donation

Doctor Cesare Perotti director of the immunotransfusion service at the University of Pavia San Matteo Hospital holds a bag of plasma after a donation

According to the Mayo Clinic, people who have recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies to the disease in their blood, which doctors call convalescent plasma.

'The blood, donated for this treatment technique, contains the antibodies that were produced in the plasma of the recovered person to help patients who are still undergoing treatment to enhance their resistance and help their recovery from the virus. Paules added, "We urgently need treatment options for COVID-19 as we continue to battle this virus". BHS received its first round of donations on Wednesday, and is scheduling donations for the coming weeks. In addition, Penn State University is a member of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences' Trial Innovation Network through the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute and is reviewing investigational research opportunities for the use of convalescent plasma to treat or prevent COVID-19.

The new plasma center at the CDC is equipped with the latest devices that separate the plasma from the blood directly, and simultaneously return the other components to the donor.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services encourages people who are fully recovered from COVID-19 to make an unpaid, voluntary donation of plasma.

COVID-19 survivors are needed to donate blood plasma.

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Scientists in China who conducted the preliminary study said no serious adverse reactions were observed after convalescent plasma transfusion.

"At first we will offer this treatment to patients with severe or life-threatening COVID-19", Gunther said.

The Penn State's Hershey Medical Center recently announced that the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has joined a global clinical trial to analyze the antiviral drug remdesivir which could be a potential medication for the dreaded COVID-19. Some of those patients were also treated with other experimental drugs, like antivirals - making it hard for medical experts to understand the precise effect of convalescent plasma in their recovery. That could help health care workers who are continually exposed to COVID-19, he said. In the clinical trial, some participants will be given remdesivir and some will receive a placebo.

Those who are fully recovered from a verified coronavirus diagnosis can contact the health care institution in their area to be evaluated for eligibility. Plasma is generally collected in two ways, through a major collection and distribution organization like the American Red Cross or in an academic medical setting like Penn.

Lee Health has multiple locations in Southwest Florida, with more than 13,130 employees, 4,500 volunteers and 1,480 physicians.

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