San Diego Blood Bank needs plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 patients
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Blood Bank said they need blood donations healthy donors as well as convalescent plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 patients.
As hospitals are re-scheduling elective surgeries that were postponed due to COVID-19, the San Diego Blood Bank is starting to see the increased need for blood.
They especially need O+ and O- type blood.
For donor and staff safety, we are taking donations by appointment only.
To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds and be in general good health.
San Diego Blood Bank has also issued a call for recovered COVID-19 patients, as they may be eligible to donate “convalescent plasma” to help treat patients fighting the virus.
Convalescent plasma is the liquid part of blood that’s collected from patients who have recovered from an infection.
While COVID-19 has no proven treatment, plasma taken from those who have recovered may help patients currently fighting the virus. This is because the plasma has developed antibodies against the virus, according to the Blood Bank.
Individuals can donate convalescent plasma if they have a confirmed positive laboratory test and no symptoms for the last 28 days (or 14 days with a subsequent negative test). They will need proof of a laboratory test, either a PCR test or antibody test.
San Diego Blood Bank is partnering with local healthcare analytics company Genalyte to offer a COVID-19 antibody test.
The test is meant for anyone who has recovered from COVID-19, or believes they had COVID-19 and has been symptom-free for at least 14 days.
They’re offering testing at San Diego Blood Bank centers across the county as well as at a temporary testing site at Westfield UTC.