COVID-19 convalescent plasma at peak demand; more donors needed

Ryan Monell of Beavercreek is the first to qualify by positive antibody test to give COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) at the Community Blood Center. He is shown making a donation in July. The CBC said peak demand has increased the need for people who survived COVID-19 to become a "Crisis Warrior" and donate CCP, which is used to treat critically ill coronavirus patients. CONTRIBUTED
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Ryan Monell of Beavercreek is the first to qualify by positive antibody test to give COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) at the Community Blood Center. He is shown making a donation in July. The CBC said peak demand has increased the need for people who survived COVID-19 to become a "Crisis Warrior" and donate CCP, which is used to treat critically ill coronavirus patients. CONTRIBUTED

More donors are needed as the rising number of coronavirus cases has triggered peak demand for COVID-19 convalescent plasma, the Community Blood Center announced.

Last week, area hospitals performed the highest number of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma transfusions since the CBC began Ohio’s first CCP collection program in early April.

CCP is antibody-rich plasma from people who have recovered from the coronavirus. It is vital for the treatment of critically ill COVID-19 patients, the blood center said.

To date, the CBC has shipped 1, 477 doses since the program launched in April, said Mark Pompilio, CBC public relations and marketing manager.

Some receive more than one doze, depending on the severity of infection and response to treatment, he said.

To help meet the increased demand, the CBC is urging more COVID-19 survivors to donate and become a “Crisis Warrior.” Register to donate at www.GivingBlood.org or call 937-461-3220.

All CCP donors will receive a “COVID-19 Crisis Warrior” T-shirt. Potential CCP donors must have tested positive for COVID-19 by the RNA test or tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies by blood test and must be recovered. A qualified donor can donate CCP every two weeks, up to four donations. Donors must then take one month off from donating before beginning a new four-donation cycle, Pompilio said.

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Rebecca Whited relaxes as she donates COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma at the Dayton-based Community Blood Center. CONTRIBUTED

Rebecca Whited relaxes as she donates COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma at the Dayton-based Community Blood Center. CONTRIBUTED
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Rebecca Whited relaxes as she donates COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma at the Dayton-based Community Blood Center. CONTRIBUTED

The pandemic also continues to hamper blood drive collections.

Type O positive is the most common blood type and is in high demand. The short supply is related to high usage, but also to collections limited by smaller blood drives and fewer first-time donors, the CBC said.

Blood donation requirements

  • Donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name. Past CBC donors also are asked to bring their CBC donor ID card.
  • Donors must be at least 17, or 16 with parental consent — form available at www.givingblood.org or at CBC branches and blood drives —weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good physical health.

Those with eligibility questions can email canidonate@cbccts.org. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or call 937-461-3220.

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