Nuvance Health is developing a Blood Plasma Donation program to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients. Anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered, may be able to donate their blood plasma, which contains antibodies that can be transferred to patients presently fighting the virus.
Nuvance Health is recruiting volunteer donors, before the program launches this month. Potential donors are asked to follow this link: https://veoci.com/veoci/p/form/d9keubfc4gca and register by filling out a questionnaire.
The Food and Drug Administration has set up criteria for donations that continue to evolve. Presently, a person must have had a positive COVID-19 test, be symptom-free for at least 14 days with a repeat negative swab, or 28 days symptom-free with no need for a repeat swab. In the near future, it may be possible to evaluate people who may have had COVID-19 but were unable to get a test.
Once a person registers, a member from the Nuvance Health plasma team will contact the donor, with priority to those who meet the criteria.