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‘CRISIS WARRIORS’ NEEDED TO DONATE COVID-19 CONVALESCENT PLASMA

October 20, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - The rising number of coronavirus cases has triggered peak demand for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) and Community Blood Center needs more COVID-19 survivors to donate. Learn more about CCP and become a "Crisis Warrior" by registering to donate at www.GivingBlood.org or call (937) 461-3220.

Last week area hospitals performed the highest number of CCP transfusions since CBC launched Ohio's first CCP collection program in early April.

The antibody-rich plasma from people who have recovered from the coronavirus is vital for the treatment of critically ill COVID-19 patients. CBC must expand the base of eligible donors to meet the increasing demand and help save the lives of those fighting the disease.

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 completely recovered.

All CCP donors will receive the "COVID-19 Crisis Warrior" t-shirt.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hamper all blood drive collections. Type O positive is the most common blood type and continues to be in demand. The short supply is related to high usage, but also to collections limited by smaller blood drives and fewer first-time donors.

Donors can help CBC protect against COVID-19 by wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing at blood drives.

 WHY CBC HAS A CRITICAL NEED FOR CCP

A surge in regional hospital usage of CCP during the week of Oct. 12 depleted CBC's on-hand supply of CCP, specifically the high-demand AB and B blood types.  CBC responded by importing CCP from blood centers outside the region and making an urgent appeal for more CCP donors.

  • During the week of Oct. 12 area hospitals performed the highest number of CCP transfusions since CBC launched Ohio's first CCP collection program in early April.

  • From April 6 through Oct. 19 CBC has shipped 1,471 doses of CCP. (1,386 to local hospitals, only 85 doses outside the region).

  • During the week of Oct. 12 CBC collected CCP from 32 donors but shipped 178 doses.

  • CBC faced a shortage of CCP in types AB and B and was forced to import 67 CCP units from blood centers outside our region.

  • CBC collected CCP from 12 donors on Monday, Oct. 19 (including the University of Dayton Warrior CCP Blood Drive) and shipped 79 doses.

FACTS ABOUT CCP USAGE:

  • One CCP donation can usually be divided into 3 doses.

  • Depending on severity of their illness and response to treatment some patients may receive two or more doses.

 

FACTS ABOUT CCP DONATIONS:

  • Because of the immediate need, CCP donors are permitted to donate every two weeks. (The normal plasma guideline is every four weeks).  After four donations they must take one month off from donating.

  • Potential CCP donors must have tested positive for COVID-19 by the RNA swab test or tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies by blood test and must be completely recovered. (Symptom free for 28 days).

  • Go to www.GivingBlood.org to find our more about CCP donations and to register to donate, or call (937) 461-3220.