Helping COVID-19 Patients through Plasma Donations

While there’s not a vaccine yet for COVID-19, the use of plasma with antibodies from those who’ve recovered has shown to be a promising new therapy and is being used at Bayhealth. The FDA recently authorized this type of treatment, called convalescent plasma, for emergency use. If you were COVID-19 positive and have recovered, you can now help patients who are severely ill from the virus by donating your plasma.

Who Can Donate Plasma?

The criteria for becoming a convalescent plasma donor is as follows:

  • COVID-19 positive test
  • Free of symptoms for at least 14 days
  • Typical blood bank requirements - at least 17 years old, weight at least 110 pounds, and in general good health

How Do Patients Benefit?

Bayhealth is partnering with the Blood Bank of Delmarva to offer a convalescent plasma bank program. Nationwide results of this therapy have been positive. We first administered plasma to a COVID-19 patient on Friday, April 17 and are seeking donors to continue these efforts as needed to help our seriously ill patients. All convalescent plasma donations will go to a general pool to be used for patients at Bayhealth as well as other healthcare facilities who obtain blood products from the Blood Bank of Delmarva.

Donors can give plasma multiple times at appropriate time intervals. This program is sponsored through a nationwide research initiative at the Mayo Clinic and federally financed. This means there is no cost to the donor, the recipient or to Bayhealth.

Become a Plasma Donor Today

For more information or if you’re willing to be a plasma donor, please contact Coronavirus Management Team member Holly Dapias, RN, at 302-612-1862 or Holly_Dapias@Bayhealth.org. Registration is also available at www.delmarvablood.org.