Convalescent plasma being used to treat COVID-19 patients

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Doctors around the country are giving COVID-19 patients convalescent plasma, in hopes of a solution.

Convalescent plasma is slightly different from the average plasma donation.

“Convalescent plasma comes from those who have been recovered from COVID or have tested positive for the antibodies,” said Tori Robbins of Vitalant. “When they donate that convalescent plasma it goes to those patients in the hospital that have coronavirus.”

It’s believed that these antibodies can be useful for the sick patient by helping them build immunity and recover from the virus.

When it comes to plasma donations, an AB blood type is the only plasma that can be used on any blood type. Otherwise, the plasma given and received must match.

Here in South Dakota, Vitalant says there has been a demand for donations. Their donations go where they are needed. Local hospitals do take priority, but they also send donations nationwide. Plasma can be donated once a month.

If you’ve recovered from COVID-19 and are interested in donating convalescent plasma, contact Vitalant at 605-646-2625 or visit their website here.

The process is more extensive, so it’s important to call and plan in advance.

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