Interested in Donating Plasma?
Nash UNC Health Care is using convalescent plasma to treat qualifying COVID-19 patients, through its participation in the national Expanded Access Program, in collaboration with Mayo Clinic. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this form of treatment for individual patients who are critically ill with COVID-19.
What is Convalescent Plasma?
Convalescent plasma is the term used for plasma that is removed from the blood of a person who has recovered from a disease, then transfused into a patient still battling it.
When your body is exposed to a foreign bacteria, or virus, your immune system produces proteins called antibodies, which can eliminate the virus from the body.
Almost like taking vitamins to supplement your diet, plasma therapy is used to supplement the patient’s immune system by providing additional antibodies to fight the virus while the patient’s body naturally builds its own army of antibodies.
Convalescent plasma therapy is made possible by first removing plasma – the liquid portion of the blood – from the donated blood of a person who has recovered from a disease, in this case, COVID-19.
Am I Eligible to Donate?
To donate, you must have had a previous/documented positive COVID-19 test, be fully recovered, and be symptom-free for at least 28 days.
If you meet those requirements and are interested in donating, click the "Donate" button below to learn more. You can potentially help up to four people from one donation.