DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Lifesouth Community Blood Centers is partnering with medical centers in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama to collect plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients, in an effort to collect antibodies to help current patients with recovery.
“There’s really a process to it,” Lifesouth Wiregrass Regional Manager Rebecca Hughes said. “You have to have had a positive test result and be recovered either 14 days with a negative test result after the fact or you have to be recovered 28 days.”
Those who have recovered from COVID-19 can donate blood after they have been approved by the medical office used by the Lifesouth Center. After that, the center will receive an order from the office telling them how much plasma they need.
“So what happens is once you recover from COVID you have an antibody in your body and in your blood,” Hughes said. “So, that we can give you a recovered patients plasma and the antibodies will help fight COVID. All for the patients that are suffering it.”
The treatment is considered an investigational new drug approved by the FDA.
Donated blood will be tested for anything to make sure it is safe to use, which usually takes up to 48 hours.
“The patient that as recovered, has to contact Lifesouth and then they have to contact our medical office to go through further testing,” Hughes said.