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

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.

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.

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

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