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Coffee Memorial Blood Center to Collect Convalescent Plasma to Aid Local COVID-19 Patients

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Coffee Memorial Blood Center will collect convalescent plasma from donors who have recovered from COVID-19, part of an experimental initiative to use the product to treat seriously ill patients.

By creating the only area registry of available patients, Coffee Memorial can ensure local patients receive the donated products and have the best possible chance at fighting the illness.


“We’re excited to play our part in ensuring area patients have access to all treatment options, including convalescent plasma,” said John Armitage, MD, President and CEO of Coffee Memorial. “As the High Plains Region’s exclusive blood supplier, we can quickly collect donor information and work with our local hospital partners to ensure any donor who wants to help a neighbor has that opportunity.”

 

Donors are encouraged to sign up for the registry for this initiative through Bio-Linked. Bio-Linked allows users to submit confidential health and social information via a secure site and to list themselves as potential volunteers for medical research. Once qualified, plasma will be drawn, with each donor providing up to three therapeutic plasma doses. 

 

To provide convalescent plasma, donors must meet the criteria below:

  •  Prior diagnosis of COVID-19, documented by a laboratory test
  • Symptom-free for 14 days prior to donation and test negative for COVID-19 (testing will be provided, if needed)
  • Be eligible to donate blood symptom -free for 14 days prior to donation

A note about testing:

  • If you have or can obtain documentation of a positive test – whether a nasal swab or an antibody test – you might be eligible to donate convalescent plasma. Please sign up for the donor registry through Bio-Linked.  Once registered our staff will contact you to determine if you are eligible to donate.

“In this time of need, we must all unite to fight against this pandemic threat," Armitage said. “At Coffee Memorial Blood Center, we’re proud to continue our role as a leading provider of public health services and cutting-edge care for area patients.”

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Coffee Memorial Blood Center is part of the 6th -largest independent blood center in the nation, providing for the 31 counties and 29 medical facilities that make up the High Plains Region. For more information, visit www.thegiftoflife.org.