CBC issues call for convalescent plasma donations
Community Blood Center (CBC) has joined with other blood centers across the country to collect plasma donations from people who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat other patients with advanced COVID-19 infections. As COVID-19 cases rise, CBC is issuing another call for convalescent plasma donations.
In the treatment, known as convalescent plasma, 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. On March 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the collection of plasma from individuals who have recovered from the coronavirus to treat seriously ill patients, and CBC joined in this effort.
“As the pandemic continues to impact communities across the country, we are continuing to work to build a robust supply of convalescent plasma that can be used to treat patients who are severely ill,” said Christopher Hillyer, MD, President and CEO of New York Blood Center. “We’re asking eligible individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 to come in and donate so we can serve hospitals nationwide and treat as many patients as possible.”
Eligible donors must have tested positive for COVID-19 and be symptom-free for 14 days. One donation can be used to treat two to three patients struggling with severe cases of COVID-19. Interested donors can sign up at www.savealifenow.org/cpdonor.
About Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City
Community Blood Center, now part of the NYBC family, serves hospitals in the Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as eastern Kansas and western Missouri. CBC provides nearly 200,000 blood products per year to approximately 65 area hospitals – and calls upon about 580 donors each day to meet the need for a life-saving gift of blood. The blood center makes timely deliveries of safe, high-quality products to meet transfusion needs, for routine care and emergencies. For more information, visit www.savealifenow.org/.