Convalescent Plasma FAQ’s
Questions about Convalescent Plasma
What is convalescent plasma?
Convalescent plasma is the liquid part of blood that is collected from individuals who have recently recovered from COVID-19. COVID-19 patients develop antibodies in their plasma that attack the virus. Convalescent plasma is being used as an experimental treatment for patients currently battling COVID-19.
I’ve never donated plasma. What’s the process like?
Plasma donation does take longer than a standard whole blood donation, but have no fear! Our team of professionals are here to make you feel comfortable and walk you through the process. Click here to learn more about plasma donation process itself.
Who else is offering this program?
LifeServe Blood Center is one of two community blood centers in Iowa that has implemented this program. Other blood centers and states have started this as well. Although this treatment hasn’t been proven, there is evidence it may help. Since this is the only treatment option as of yet, the need for these donors is critical to obtaining the amount of plasma needed for treatment.
Convalescent plasma donated to community blood centers like LifeServe Blood Center will save lives in our community immediately.
How many patients can one donation help?
In a single donation, recovered COVID-19 patients can donate four lifesaving plasma products that will be immediately used as treatment for current COVID-19 patients.
Can for-profit plasma centers also collect convalescent plasma for COVID-19 patients?
For-profit plasma centers are buying plasma that will be used to create plasma therapies which will take many months to create. COVID-19 patients who sell their plasma are not saving current hospital patients. Donating with LifeServe Blood Center is the only way in our community to help current COVID-19 hospital patients.
Think you qualify? Let us know!
If you believe you’re eligible to donate, please click here to fill out our pre-assessment! If you have questions you can give us a call at 800-287-4903.
Does It Really Help?
Susan K. of Ankeny, Iowa can’t remember the first three days of her eleven-day hospitalization at Methodist Medical Center. She wasn’t sedated, but was so ill with COVID-19 she cannot recall those seventy-two hours. Her first memory is when she began to improve after receiving convalescent plasma collected by LifeServe Blood Center.
Thanks to the plasma provided by a LifeServe donor, Susan recovered and was released from the hospital in June. Four months later, on October 7th, she visited LifeServe Blood Center’s newest donor center in Ankeny. Susan was there to donate her plasma to help another COVID sufferer, just as someone had done for her.