COVID-19 Patient Becomes First in Milwaukee to Donate Plasma to Critically Ill People

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MILWAUKEE – The FDA has approved a treatment using plasma from people who have recovered from the coronavirus to help people infected with COVID-19, and the first plasma donation from a COVID-19 patient was made on Monday, April 6, Milwaukee.

This blood-related treatment – approved by the FDA as a new emergency investigational medication (EIND) – could offer hope to the hundreds of patients who continue to be diagnosed – used by hospitals for the most most severely affected.

Versiti officials announced on Thursday April 2 that they will begin collecting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to help treat others diagnosed with the virus. Versiti officials said they were among the first in the United States to begin collecting convalescent plasma, working with partner hospitals to identify recovered patients.

On Monday April 6 in Milwaukee, Dave Lal became the first such plasma donor to the blood center.

“This is part of a study to look at, first, does it help, and does it reaffirm that it helps, and how much it helps, and targets the patients who benefit most,” said Lal.

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“Potential donors must first be proven to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through a positive laboratory test result, and then must have a negative test result 14 days after recovery from symptoms,” said the director. Principal Medical Officer Versiti Dan A. Waxman, MD in the release “It is a very collaborative effort with our hospital partners who will work to identify and verify donors. “

The donated plasma will be supplied directly to the hospitals with which Versiti is a partner.

Plasma donations, which take 30 to 40 minutes, are collected at Versiti donor centers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. The donation process is the same as for other plasma donations – done using an apheresis machine, which separates the blood components.

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Although the AB blood group is the universal plasma donor, any blood group donor who has recovered from the virus can donate through the program.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Versiti or to schedule a blood or plasma donation.

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