Updated Blood Donor Guidelines
LifeServe Blood Center has updated its guidelines regarding blood donor eligibility after having COVID-19 symptoms. This is in place for both our blood donors and convalescent plasma donors.
Convalescent plasma is being used as an investigative treatment for COVID-19 patients. People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that attack the virus. Donated plasma from healthy donors who have recovered from COVID-19 is being trialed to determine the effectiveness of the treatment. The need for qualified donors is critical to determine the on-going effectiveness.
LifeServe Blood Center is seeking the following volunteer donors: individuals who received a positive laboratory confirmation of the virus, have since successfully recovered from COVID-19 (14 days free of any symptoms), and have a physician referral document. Individuals who meet this criteria will be pre-screened to determine donor eligibility. Individuals who meet these requirements are instructed to visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org to begin the pre-screening and approval process. Walk-in donations will not be accepted. Individuals who believe they have had COVID-19 but did not receive a positive test results are not eligible to donate convalescent plasma. There may be opportunities in the future for different testing for these individuals.