Emergency Need for Convalescent Plasma to Aid Local COVID-19 Patients

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Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) has an immediate 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 in recent weeks, with demand now greater than collections. Available supplies have reached critical levels, and patients will face delays in this lifesaving care if donors cannot be recruited in higher numbers. 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. Positive COVID-19 test results should be faxed to 405-278-3140 or emailed to results@bio-linked.org.

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.” 

Arkansas Blood Institute is seeing a decline in eligible plasma donors, in part due to the competition from commercial, for-profit plasma centers that are offering direct cash payments to each donor. These plasma centers are pursuing research and development for the next generation of COVID drugs that are many months away from FDA approval and will not be widely available for treating patients well into 2021. ABI needs its donors to help save patient lives in the here and now.

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 and 7 days post blood or plasma donation

Please sign up for the registry or call 888-308-3924. Once registered ABI staff will contact you to determine if you are eligible to donate.

“In their battle against COVID-19, patients and those caring for them need the comfort of knowing that the necessary treatment will be available for them when they need it,” Armitage said. “If this daily drawing can help be the extra push donors need to schedule their donation, the investment will more than pay off. No one can put a price on saving the life of a neighbor.”

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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.

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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 405-278-3140 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 405-278-3140 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 888-474-8924para hablar con un representante en español. 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