Convalescent plasma is being evaluated for effectiveness against COVID-19.  With no vaccines or proven, effective drugs against this disease, convalescent plasma may be effective treatment for patients battling the disease.

Cascade Regional Blood Services is currently collecting COVID-19 convalescent plasma for MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital, MultiCare Allenmore Hospital, and MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.

“Community blood centers are at the forefront of delivering convalescent plasma to patients in critical need. This promising investigational product must get to patients without delay, and blood centers across the country have mobilized in response”

Kate Fry, CEO of America’s Blood Centers

If you have received a positive test result for COVID-19 and have recovered, please consider donating plasma.

To be eligible, donors must meet these criteria:

  • Diagnosed with COVID-19 which was confirmed by positive laboratory test
  • Documentation of testing, either physician note or laboratory report
  • Must be fully recovered and symptom free at least 14 days prior to donation
  • Must meet all other blood donor requirements

PLEASE NOTE: CRBS DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR TEST RESULTS.

Once you sign up donation is just 3 easy steps:

  1. Screening interview to qualify you as a donor
  2. Schedule an appointment
  3. Donate and continue to donate

If you meet the criteria and would like to become a CRBS Convalescent COVID-19 Plasma donor, sign up at CRBS.bio-linked.org to be added to our COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Registry. Bio-Linked allows users to submit confidential health and social information via a secure site. Once qualified, plasma will be drawn, with each donor providing up to three therapeutic plasma doses.

What is Convalescent Plasma and How Can it be used?

Convalescent plasma is the liquid part of blood that is collected from patients who have recovered from the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 patients develop antibodies in the blood against the virus.

Antibodies are proteins that might help fight the infection. Convalescent plasma is being investigated for the treatment of COVID-19 because there is no approved treatment for this disease and there is some information that suggests it might help some patients recover from COVID-19. (FDA.gov)

As we are all too aware, our community has been hit hard by Covid-19. As we continue to see a rise in positive cases in our community, Cascade Regional Blood Services, is dedicated to being prepared to answer the call to action to service our community in this time of crisis. We have a dedicated Convalescent Plasma professional that will be assigned to you to answer all of your questions regarding eligibility to donate, frequency of donations and scheduling appointments. Our donation centers are following strict CDC guidelines for social distancing, sanitation and PPE, so that each donor can feel safe and comfortable during the collection process.

Complete information on donor eligibility from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is available here, and America’s Blood Centers (ABC) has issued a statement which provides additional details here.

Cascade Regional Blood Services does NOT test for COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 or any antibodies to the infection for convalescent plasma donations, or verify if donors may have been exposed to the coronavirus.  To qualify for plasma donation, donors must produce evidence that they have previously tested positive through diagnostic testing.

THE FIGHT IS IN US!

Together we can fight back and heal our community one donation at a time. For more information about Convalescent COVID-19 Plasma and how you can save lives, please visit CRBS.NET or call 253-383-2553 and speak to one of our professionals.

We are thankful for your support of Cascade Regional Blood Services, and we are so grateful to be able to turn to you when our community needs us most!

If you have further questions please contact the Supervisor of Clinical and Research Procedures at 253-383-2553 | heathers@crbs.net

Sign Up To Become a COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Donor

The Fight is in Us!

For more information about COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma’s potential effectiveness as a therapy modality read the American Blood Center’s May Blood Bulletin.