Oklahoma Blood Institute sent 99 units of convalescent plasma to system hospitals, the largest single-day usage of this critical product since the pandemic began.
This usage mirrors the record number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations currently seen in the state. High convalescent plasma requests further tax an already-strained collection system struggling to meet growing patient demand. New convalescent plasma donors are needed now, to ensure the treatment is available when patients are in need.
“Time is of the essence in the fight against COVID-19,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “Delays in transfusing convalescent plasma may cost someone their life or prolong the severe symptoms of this virus.”
Only convalescent plasma donations through Oklahoma Blood Institute or other non-profit blood centers can help local patients struggling today, states OBI. Plasma is one of few available treatments for COVID-19 and is very likely improving death rates for COVID-19 patients.
A single plasma donation can provide transfusions for up to four COVID-19 patients. To donate convalescent plasma, donors must have had a positive COVID-19 test result, be symptom-free for 14 days and be at least 7 days past their last blood or plasma donation. Interested donors can sign up at bit.ly/covid19-registry-ok.