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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) Prisma Health says they'll be taking part in a national investigational treatment that involves blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients, and how it can help those still fighting the virus. 

The trial's ultimate goal is to see if blood plasma from those who've beaten coronavirus can improve the chance of recovery for the critically ill. Patients' eligibility will be determined based on guidelines set out by the Food and Drug Administration. 

Prisma Health is among 100 sites across the country Mayo Clinic has established as a place for collection and distribution of blood and plasma. 

Their partnership with The Blood Connection ensures that local plasma is available for all South Carolinians. The University of South Carolina is also helping with any needed lab testing. 

Recovered coronavirus patients are encouraged to donate blood as part of the experimental treament. Prisma Health says the donated samples can be made into convalescent serum and given to approved patients within days. 

“The immune systems of recovered patients have created the antibodies needed to clear the virus from the body. These same antibodies can be collected from them in a process much like giving blood and then given to others who are still struggling with the disease,” said Prisma Health’s Dr. Jeffery Edenfield, a hematologist and oncologist at Prisma Health Cancer Institute-Upstate.

“The notion of giving somebody plasma from people who have recovered from a disease isn’t new. The reason it’s experimental is we don’t know if it works for COVID-19," he noted.

Patients of Prisma Health who have recovered will be receiving a letter inviting them to donate for the effort when they've fully recovered. Any individual who has beat the virus and has testing documentation from their physician is eligible to donate.

Dr. Robert Rainer, who is both a blood bank pathologist for Prisma Health and medical director for The Blood Connection, said the blood bank will “help collect a local supply of antibody-rich plasma for South Carolina patients with immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections.”

HOW TO DONATE

Prisma Health said anyone who has recovered from the virus and wants to donate can contact The Blood Connection (864)751-1168 to make an appointment.

Donors may be asked to provide the following:

  • A copy of the donor lab results showing a positive test for COVID-19 which shows the date of the positive test.
  • A document from their healthcare provider stating that the donor had a positive test for COVID-19 and the date of the positive test. This document must be on the letter­head or prescription pad of the healthcare provider and must be signed and dated by the healthcare provider.

Prisma said The Blood Connection does not test for COVID-19.

For more on Prisma Health's continued efforts to fight the coronavirus, click here.

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