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Coffee Memorial Blood Center looking for convalescent plasma donors to help treat COVID-19 patients


Coffee Memorial Blood Center will collect convalescent plasma from donors who have recovered from COVID-19, part of an experimental initiative to use the product to treat seriously ill patients.

By creating the only area registry of available patients, Coffee Memorial can ensure local patients receive the donated products and have the best possible chance at fighting the illness.

“We’re excited to play our part in ensuring area patients have access to all treatment options, including convalescent plasma,” said John Armitage, MD, President and CEO of Coffee Memorial.

“As the High Plains Region’s exclusive blood supplier, we can quickly collect donor information and work with our local hospital partners to ensure any donor who wants to help a neighbor has that opportunity.”

Donors are encouraged to sign up for the registry for this initiative at my.bio-linked.org. Bio-Linked allows users to submit confidential health and social information via a secure site and to list themselves as potential volunteers for medical research. Once qualified, plasma will be drawn, with each donor providing up to three therapeutic plasma doses.ptions, including convalescent plasma.

“As the High Plains Region’s exclusive blood supplier, we can quickly collect donor information and work with our local hospital partners to ensure any donor who wants to help a neighbor has that opportunity," Armitage said.

To provide convalescent plasma, donors must be eligible to donate blood and meet the criteria below:

Prior diagnosis of COVID-19, documented by a laboratory test

Present negative results for COVID-19, either from nasal swabs or a molecular (RNA or nucleic acid) diagnostic blood test

Symptom-free for 14 days prior to donation

If female, either no history of pregnancy or negative for HLA (tissue typing) antibodies

Complete information on donor eligibility from the FDA is available here.

“In this time of need, we must all unite to fight against this pandemic threat," Armitage said. “At Coffee Memorial Blood Center, we’re proud to continue our role as a leading provider of public health services and cutting-edge care for area patients.”

Coffee Memorial Blood Center is part of the 6th -largest independent blood center in the nation, providing for the 31 counties and 29 medical facilities that make up the High Plains Region. For more information, visit www.thegiftoflife.org.

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