WAYNE – The sole provider to more than 120 hospitals across Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, is seeking community members who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 antibodies to donate convalescent plasma.
According to a release from LifeServe Blood Center, these individuals are being requested to meet the dramatically rising plasma needs of local hospitals.
As the number of daily COVID-19 cases in the region rises, so does the need for convalescent plasma (CCP) in local hospitals. The month of November has already seen the highest CCP usage since the beginning of the pandemic. As patient hospitalizations continue to increase, it is projected that the amount of CCP needed for treatment will outpace the amount of donations of this lifesaving blood product.
Over a two-week period, LifeServe has provided more than 650 units of convalescent plasma to local hospitals. LifeServe Blood officials are asking for the public’s help to spread the word and for people who have recovered from COVID to step up and donate. Only plasma given to a community blood center such as LifeServe Blood Center can help local hospital patients as plasma given to a paid plasma center is needed for pharmaceutical use.
An eligible COVID-19 convalescent plasma donor will have tested positive for COVID-19 or have tested positive for the COVID-19 antibodies. Individuals who believe they had COVID-19 but never received positive confirmation are encouraged to complete the CCP assessment form at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org to determine eligibility. Additionally, all blood donors receive an antibody test as part of the regular donation process. Potential donors can schedule an appointment or seek more information at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org or by calling 800-287-4903.
LifeServe Blood Center is a non-profit, community-based blood center that has served the needs of local hospitals and patients in the region since 1963. LifeServe is committed to saving lives by providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients. Your donation with LifeServe will help save your neighbor, a friend, family member or a stranger on the street. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800-287-4903 or visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org.