Infirmary Health launches convalescent plasma donation program to treat sickest COVID-19 patients

Monday, April 27, 2020
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Mobile, Ala. – Infirmary Health is now the first healthcare system in the region to begin harvesting convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 (coronavirus) patients. Twelve patients, including several physicians, who successfully recovered from COVID-19 have agreed to donate their plasma to help heal other COVID-19 patients who are still in the hospital.

In early April, Infirmary Health received approval from the Food & Drug Administration and the Mayo Clinic to engage in this clinical trial. Since receiving approval, Infirmary Health physicians and leaders have screened more than 70 potential donors and have identified 12 candidates who were willing to participate. An additional 24 candidates have agreed to donate plasma pending a negative test result for COVID-19. One individual’s plasma donation can treat up to three patients. Plasma donations will go to the most critically ill COVID-19 patients.

“We are thrilled to launch the Convalescent Plasma Protocol at Infirmary Health,” states Furhan Yunus, M.D., FACP, Physician Director Infirmary Cancer Care. “In many ways, we have relied on our community for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, there is an opportunity for those who have had the virus to contribute potentially life-saving treatment to our patients. Infirmary Health is dedicated to providing our communities with the most innovative and advanced treatment options available, and this program illustrates that.”

Infirmary Health’s hospitals, clinics and affiliates continue to serve the Mobile and Baldwin County communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The health system consistently pursues new treatment opportunities and equipment donations, including ventilators and personal protective equipment, to care for its patients, staff and communities. While the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented, the physicians and patients participating in this effort have exhibited an extraordinary willingness to potentially save the lives of other patients in our communities.

If you are ill and believe you may have COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider directly or call 251-341-2819 for more information on testing.