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.

I believe I had COVID-19 but don’t have a positive test result. Can I still qualify?
Individuals who did not have a positive test result or who were never tested but believe they had COVID-19 and have since fully recovered may be eligible for antibody testing in order determine whether they are a suitable candidate for a convalescent plasma donation.

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.