ND hospitals treating COVID-19 patients with plasma

H-Ig treatment

H-Ig treatment

As the coronavirus pandemic claims more lives across the globe, the search is on to find an effective vaccine for the disease. And a lot of them are healthy individuals, who are young and healthy, and got infected with the COVID virus and they actually healed and they recovered from it.

Convalescent plasma - which is taken from survivors of an illness that has antibodies for that illness- is being investigated globally as a potential treatment for the novel virus.

"In our ongoing effort to care for our communities, Mercy Health is facilitating access to investigational convalescent plasma through participation in the National Expanded Access Treatment Protocol", Dr. James Kravec, chief clinical officer. said. It is expected to expand over the next four weeks.

Following the approval granted to HCG Hospitals, trials will begin on critical COVID-19 patients who are now in ICU and on ventilators using plasma from patients who recovered from Victoria Hospital.

This treatment requires plasma donations from patients who have tested positive for the virus and also made a full recovery.

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Plasma is a constituent of the blood that appears hay-colored when separated.

Once sufficient samples from donors are collected, the medication will have to go through clinical trials to be approved for use on COVID-19 patients. Rosino tested positive for the new coronavirus in March and has since recovered. It has most recently been used in the management of patients with SARS, MERS, and Ebola. Their blood plasma contains antibodies that may help critically ill patients fight, and perhaps conquer, the virus, according to the parties.

To learn if you qualify to donate COVID-19 convalescent plasma, contact your physician so they can complete the required form indicating you are eligible.

Plasma may be the safest way to treat coronavirus patients right now, but there's no guarantee it'll always work. Coronavirus antibodies are specific immune proteins that develop when a patient has an infection.

Requests that donations be directed to a specific patient are not being accepted at this time.

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