Need for Convalescent Plasma to Aid Local COVID-19 Patients

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Texas Blood Institute (TBI) has an ongoing need for convalescent plasma from donors who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat seriously ill patients. The need for convalescent plasma in our area has increased exponentially in recent weeks, as hospitalizations surge.  En español

If you’ve recovered from COVID-19 or had a positive COVID-19 antibody test, please sign up for the registry at bit.ly/covid19-registry or call 888-308-3924.

You may also email coviddonor@obi.org to schedule an appointment. Please include your name, date of birth, contact information and date of last COVID-19 symptoms. You should also include proof of positive COVID-19 test results from your doctor or clinic.

Positive COVID-19 test results can also be faxed to 405-297-5598 or emailed to results@bio-linked.org.

You may also walk-in to our donor center at 3709 Gregory St. in Wichita Falls or find a mobile blood drive near you. Simply let our staff know that you wish to donate convalescent plasma. Females with a history of pregnancy may be asked to donate whole blood, to be tested for anti-HLA antibodies. 

A single plasma donation with Texas Blood Institute can provide plasma to up to four COVID-19 patients, in a process that takes about an hour and a half.

    To provide convalescent plasma, donors must meet the criteria below:
  • Have a prior diagnosis of COVID-19, documented by a laboratory test
  • Be symptom-free for 14 days prior to donation
  • Be eligible to donate blood

Donors can give convalescent plasma as often as every 7 days, although they must have antibody levels reviewed first. An appointment is required for repeat convalescent plasma donation.

Convalescent plasma donors will be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 prize given away to that day’s roster of convalescent plasma donors.*

“As the community’s blood supplier, we will do everything in our power to make sure that critically needed products are on the shelf when our hospital partners and their patients need them,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Texas Blood Institute. “The need is here, and even a brief delay in getting this plasma might cost a life or prolong the illness for a coronavirus victim. We’re asking all eligible convalescent plasma donors to contact Texas Blood Institute today to schedule an appointment to give.” 

    COVID-19 Vaccine Information
  • Recipients of any COVID-19 vaccines are NOT eligible to donate convalescent plasma at this time, according to current FDA guidance. (Please note: conversations are ongoing about this issue, so guidance could change.)
  • If you received any mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna), you can donate all other blood products – including traditional plasma – without any deferral period.
  • If you received an adenovirus vector vaccines (Oxford/AstraZeneca, etc), you can donate all blood products (except convalescent plasma) after a two-week deferral.
  • If you received a monoclonal antibodies (Regeneron or Eli Lilly), you are deferred for 12 months and not eligible to donate convalescent plasma.




*Rules & Regulations for Convalescent Plasma Donors Gift Card Contest and Drawings

 

Convalescent Plasma: By the Numbers

Texas Blood Institute is collecting convalescent plasma from those who have recovered from COVID-19 or have COVID-19 antibodies in order to help those suffering from severe symptoms of COVID-19.

The graph below illustrates the increasing number of units sent to our community hospitals each week, to be transfused to patients. This graph will be updated on Mondays. Last updated Monday, January 11, 2021

Recovered Patients Donate Convalescent Plasma to Help Those Suffering Severe Symptoms

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Texas Blood Institute (TBI) is recognizing donors who have given convalescent plasma as part of an experimental initiative to use the product to treat patients suffering severe symptoms of COVID-19.

By creating a registry of available patients, Texas Blood Institute can ensure local patients receive the donated products and have the best possible chance at fighting the illness.

The afternoon of Tuesday, March 24, Skip Wrightsman, 54, suddenly felt as if he was having heart issues, describing his symptoms as a fifty-pound weight on his chest—then he began to have trouble breathing and felt dizzy and feverish. He went to the ER while experiencing chills and a temperature of more than 101 degrees. Wrightsman was admitted to ICU with a massive headache, fever and racing heartbeat.

Skip WrightsmanWrightsman received a trio of medications and began feeling better over the next few days, and was released from the hospital on Saturday, March 28, to continue his recovery at home.

Wrightsman’s doctor worked closely with the Blood Institute to arrange for Wrightsman to donate his plasma to help other patients.  He donated two units on Tuesday, April 14.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to help,” said Wrightsman. “God has asked me to do two things 1) love Him, and 2) love others.”

If you’ve recovered from COVID-19 or had a positive COVID-19 antibody test, please sign up for the registry at bit.ly/covid19-registry or call 888-308-3924. Positive COVID-19 test results should be faxed to 405-297-5598 or emailed to results@bio-linked.org. Once qualified, plasma will be drawn, with each donor providing up to three therapeutic plasma doses.

    To provide convalescent plasma, donors must meet the criteria below:
  • Have a prior diagnosis of COVID-19, documented by a laboratory test
  • Be symptom-free for 14 days prior to donation
  • Be eligible to donate blood and 7 days post blood or plasma donation


More information on the registry can be found here.

 

Se necesita pacientes recuperados de COVID-19

Texas Blood Institute (TBI) necesita con urgencia plasma convaleciente de donantes recuperados de COVID-19 para el tratamiento de pacientes enfermos de gravedad.

Si te has recuperado de COVID-19 o has tenido un examen positivo de anticuerpos, por favor regístrate hoy para ser un posible donante.

¿Quién es elegible?

    Para ser elegible, los donantes potenciales deben tener:
  • Un diagnóstico previo de COVID-19 registrado por un laboratorio
  • Estar libre de síntomas por 14 días antes de la donación
  • Hacerlo 7 días después de cualquier donación de sangre o plasma


¿Cómo registrarse?
Llama al 888-308-3924 para hablar con un representante en español o ir a covid.bio-linked.org. Tenemos personal disponible de lunes a viernes, de 8am a 5pm. Nuestro personal te hará algunas preguntas – Incluyendo tu nombre, información de contacto y alguna información básica de salud – para registrarte. Una vez que estés registrado, nuestro equipo revisará tu archivo y te contactará si necesitara más información. Una vez que seas elegible para donar, programaremos la donación en un horario que te sea conveniente.

¿Qué puedes esperar?
El proceso comienza con un examen de salud para asegurarnos que te sientas saludable para donar ese día. Una vez que hayas sido aceptado para donar, la donación en sí dura entre 30 y 45 minutos.
Luego, tendrás tiempo de comer un snack y asegurarnos que te sientas bien en nuestra área de comedor. El proceso completo de donación toma alrededor de 2 horas. Una donación simple puede proveer de plasma convaleciente hasta 4 pacientes.

¡Podrías Ganar!
Como agradecimiento a los donantes de plasma convaleciente, ellos serán ingresados para el chance de ganar $1,000 en premios cada día. Reglas.

Bob Grant