Many of you have inquired about the local use of Investigational COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) for patients.
We Are Blood (WrB), established in 1951 by the Travis County Medical Society, is the sole provider and protector of our blood supply in Travis and 10 surrounding counties.
WrB has been working tirelessly to stand up a compliant CCP program for our community, and is now able to collect CCP from qualified recovered COVID-19 individuals.
While convalescent plasma has not yet been shown to be effective for COVID-19, given the public health emergency that the expanding COVID-19 outbreak presents, the FDA is facilitating access to COVID-19 convalescent plasma for use in patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections.
The following linked documents will help guide physicians and potential donors through the process:
• COVID-19 plasma donor requirements
• COVID-19 authorization for use, product and ordering information
• COVID-19 convalescent plasma request form
Potential CCP donors may submit an inquiry regarding eligibility at https://weareblood.org/convalescent-plasma. Please share this information with any local recovered COVID-19 patients that may be interested and eligible to donate.
Please direct all inquiries regarding potential COVID-19 convalescent plasma DONORS to We Are Blood by email to Covid19@weareblood.org
Or by calling 512-206-1100.
Please direct all inquiries regarding COVID-19 convalescent plasma for PATIENTS to your hospital’s blood bank or directly to We Are Blood by email to Covid19lab@weareblood.org or by calling either Rebecca Cersosimo, VP of Technical and Client Services at 512-762-8637 or Justine Garza, Director of Client Services ay 512-565-1875.
Keep showing up, and stay safe out there!
John Abikhaled, MD