Convalescent Plasma Frequently Asked Questions
What is convalescent plasma?
This is plasma collected from patients who have recovered from an infectious disease. Plasma from recovered patients contains antibodies that may be used to treat critically ill patients currently infected with the same disease.
Is Donating Blood and Convalescent Plasma Safe?
If you are a prospective first-time donor of blood or blood products, please know that the donation process is safe (2). Every day, people around the nation save lives by donating blood. BBA is licensed by the FDA and is accredited by AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks). Our staff is available to answer any questions that you may have regarding blood donation.
There is currently no evidence indicating that SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2), the virus responsible for causing COVID-19, can be transmitted via blood transfusion; further, patients who receive these convalescent plasma treatments are already positive for and experiencing severe symptoms from COVID-19.
How do I know if I am eligible to donate convalescent plasma?
Prospective convalescent plasma donors must meet all screening and eligibility requirements for regular blood donation. Female donors must either have never been pregnant or else test negative for HLA antibodies (HLA antibody tests performed by BBA at time of donation). All prospective donors must meet either of the following conditions:
Donor must have had a previous diagnosis of COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test and complete resolution of mild to severe symptoms for 28 or more days or
Donor must have had a previous diagnosis of COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test, a complete resolution of mild to severe symptoms for 14-27 days, and a subsequent negative test result for COVID-19.
Please call us at (907) 222-5630 if you have any questions regarding your eligibility.
Can I just use a note from my licensed medical provider documenting that I had COVID-19?
No. BBA is currently requiring a documented laboratory test confirming a positive result for COVID-19.
What do I need to do to become a convalescent plasma donor?
If you feel you may be a qualified donor for convalescent plasma, please complete the following steps:
1. Complete our COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Donor Request Form available online at https://www.bloodbankofalaska.org/covid-19/donor.
2. Once completed, you may submit the form in any of the following ways:
Via email to QualityAssuranceDepartment@bbak.org
Via fax to (907) 563-1371
Drop Off to any BBA location
3. Follow-up with your licensed medical provider or the State of Alaska and request that they send a copy of your test results to BBA at QualityAssuranceDepartment@bbak.org.