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Antibodies may help those with severe infections

RHODE ISLAND – Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC) is calling for recovered COVID-19 patients to donate blood plasma to help treat other patients with advanced illness. In the treatment, known as convalescent plasma, the patient is transfused with the donor’s plasma with the goal of using the donor’s antibodies to help clear the virus more rapidly and help decrease the need for ICU beds and ventilators.

RIBC is now increasing the nation’s supply of convalescent plasma by collecting donations from those who have recovered from COVID-19. RIBC will collect, process the plasma for infusion, and maintain a bank for hospitals to treat patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections.

“As COVID-19 has impacted areas across the country, we are collecting convalescent plasma from those who have recovered in order to treat patients currently fighting this terrible disease,” said Beau Tompkins, Senior Executive Director, of Rhode Island Blood Center. “Our goals is to begin collecting and maintaining a bank of convalescent plasma in order to serve hospitals in the area.”

Donors must have proof of having tested positive for COVID-19 and be symptom-free for 14 days. One donation can be used to treat two to three patients struggling with severe cases of COVID-19. Interested donors can fill out a form at ribc.org/cpdonors