Need for Convalescent Plasma to Aid Local COVID-19 Patients

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Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) has an ongoing need for convalescent plasma from donors who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat seriously ill patients. The need for convalescent plasma in our area has increased exponentially as hospitalizations surge. En español

If you’ve recovered from COVID-19 or had a positive COVID-19 antibody test, please sign up for the registry at bit.ly/covid19-registry or call 888-308-3924.

You may also email coviddonor@obi.org to schedule an appointment. Please include your name, date of birth, contact information and date of last COVID-19 symptoms. You should also include proof of positive COVID-19 test results from your doctor or clinic.

Positive COVID-19 test results can also be faxed to 405-297-5598 or emailed to results@bio-linked.org.

You may also walk-in to a convenient donor center or find a mobile blood drive near you. Simply let our staff know that you wish to donate convalescent plasma. Females with a history of pregnancy may be asked to donate whole blood, to be tested for anti-HLA antibodies.

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Donor center locations:
Fort Smith
Hot Springs
Little Rock
North Little Rock
Russellville

A single plasma donation with Arkansas Blood Institute can provide plasma to up to four COVID-19 patients, in a process that takes about an hour and a half.

    To provide convalescent plasma, donors must meet the criteria below:
  • Have a prior diagnosis of COVID-19, documented by a laboratory test
  • Be symptom-free for 14 days prior to donation
  • Be eligible to donate blood

Donors can give convalescent plasma as often as every 7 days, although they must have antibody levels reviewed first. An appointment is required for repeat convalescent plasma donation.

Convalescent plasma donors will be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 prize given away to that day’s roster of convalescent plasma donors.*

“As the community’s blood supplier, we will do everything in our power to make sure that critically needed products are on the shelf when our hospital partners and their patients need them,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “The need is here, and even a brief delay in getting this plasma might cost a life or prolong the illness for a coronavirus victim. We’re asking all eligible convalescent plasma donors to contact Arkansas Blood Institute today to schedule an appointment to give.” 

    COVID-19 Vaccine Information
  • Recipients of any COVID-19 vaccines are NOT eligible to donate convalescent plasma at this time, according to current FDA guidance. (Please note: conversations are ongoing about this issue, so guidance could change.)
  • If you received any mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna), you can donate all other blood products – including traditional plasma – without any deferral period.
  • If you received an adenovirus vector vaccines (Oxford/AstraZeneca, etc), you can donate all blood products (except convalescent plasma) after a two-week deferral.
  • If you received a monoclonal antibodies (Regeneron or Eli Lilly), you are deferred for 12 months and not eligible to donate convalescent plasma.


*Rules & Regulations for Convalescent Plasma Donors Gift Card Contest and Drawings

 

Convalescent Plasma: By the Numbers

Arkansas Blood Institute is collecting convalescent plasma from those who have recovered from COVID-19 or have COVID-19 antibodies in order to help those suffering from severe symptoms of COVID-19.

The graph below illustrates the increasing number of units sent to our community hospitals each week, to be transfused to patients. This graph will be updated each week. Last updated Monday, January 18, 2021

Arkansans Donate Convalescent Plasma to Help COVID-19 Patients Suffering Severe Symptoms

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Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) is recognizing donors who have given convalescent plasma as part of an experimental initiative to use the product to treat patients suffering severe symptoms of COVID-19.

By creating a registry of available patients, Arkansas Blood Institute can ensure local patients receive the donated products and have the best possible chance at fighting the illness.

David Mangan, 57, of Hot Springs spent about 40 minutes at Arkansas Blood Institute in Little Rock, donating plasma after he recovered from COVID-19.

Mangan contracted coronavirus after returning from a ski trip in Colorado. He had mild to moderate symptoms, but his wife’s were severe. Mangan found an opportunity to help others through a convalescent plasma donation, which was used for a patient suffering from severe symptoms of COVID-19.

“I may not ever know who gets it, or what the results are, but knowing that I’ve done my part feels like I’m doing something good,” said Mangan.

david mangan

If you’ve recovered from COVID-19 or had a positive COVID-19 antibody test, please sign up for the registry at bit.ly/covid19-registry or call 888-308-3924. Positive COVID-19 test results should be faxed to 405-297-5598 or emailed to results@bio-linked.org. 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:
  • Have a prior diagnosis of COVID-19, documented by a laboratory test
  • Be symptom-free for 14 days prior to donation
  • Be eligible to donate blood and 7 days post blood or plasma donation

More information on the registry can be found here.

ABI Collects Its First Units of Convalescent Plasma from Recovered COVID-19 Patients

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April 9, 2020 (OKLAHOMA CITY) – Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) has collected its first units of convalescent plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients, part of an experimental initiative to treat seriously ill patients.

In a rapid response to the Food and Drug Administration’s action to fast track the potential treatment, ABI created a registry to catalog available recovered COVID-19 patients to serve as possible donors. The registry – which has been live less than a week – has already seen more than 20 patients sign up, one of whom was the first to donate plasma units.


“At Arkansas Blood Institute, we’ve always pursued innovation and emerging opportunities to improve health and save lives,” said John Armitage, MD, president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Today, that innovation has allowed us to bring hope to patients and their medical teams as they explore this new treatment option.”

After collection, the plasma units will be processed and tested for safety. Once cleared for patient use, they will be transfused to critically ill patients at local partner hospitals as part of the experimental initiative.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, more recovered patients will be needed to donate their plasma. To provide convalescent plasma, donors must:
• Have a prior diagnosis of COVID-19, documented by a laboratory test
• Be 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

If you’ve recovered from COVID-19 or had a positive COVID-19 antibody test, please sign up for the registry at bit.ly/covid19-registry or call 888-308-3924. Positive COVID-19 test results should be faxed to 405-297-5598 or emailed to results@bio-linked.org. Once qualified, plasma will be drawn, with each donor providing up to three therapeutic plasma doses. Once registered our staff will contact you to determine if you are eligible to donate.

“Our team is honored to be pioneering a cutting-edge treatment that allows special patients who have fought off COVID to use plasma donations to power recovery for other patients,” Armitage said. “Generosity is a natural strength of our species and now we can use it directly to defeat this terrible virus.”

Se necesita pacientes recuperados de COVID-19

Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) necesita con urgencia plasma convaleciente de donantes recuperados de COVID-19 para el tratamiento de pacientes enfermos de gravedad.

Si te has recuperado de COVID-19 o has tenido un examen positivo de anticuerpos, por favor regístrate hoy para ser un posible donante.

¿Quién es elegible?

    Para ser elegible, los donantes potenciales deben tener:
  • Un diagnóstico previo de COVID-19 registrado por un laboratorio
  • Estar libre de síntomas por 14 días antes de la donación
  • Hacerlo 7 días después de cualquier donación de sangre o plasma


¿Cómo registrarse?
Llama al 888-308-3924 para hablar con un representante en español o ir a covid.bio-linked.org. Tenemos personal disponible de lunes a viernes, de 8am a 5pm. Nuestro personal te hará algunas preguntas – Incluyendo tu nombre, información de contacto y alguna información básica de salud – para registrarte. Una vez que estés registrado, nuestro equipo revisará tu archivo y te contactará si necesitara más información. Una vez que seas elegible para donar, programaremos la donación en un horario que te sea conveniente.

¿Qué puedes esperar?
El proceso comienza con un examen de salud para asegurarnos que te sientas saludable para donar ese día. Una vez que hayas sido aceptado para donar, la donación en sí dura entre 30 y 45 minutos.
Luego, tendrás tiempo de comer un snack y asegurarnos que te sientas bien en nuestra área de comedor. El proceso completo de donación toma alrededor de 2 horas. Una donación simple puede proveer de plasma convaleciente hasta 4 pacientes.

¡Podrías Ganar!
Como agradecimiento a los donantes de plasma convaleciente, ellos serán ingresados para el chance de ganar $1,000 en premios cada día. Reglas.

Bob Grant