The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients is on the rise
So is the need for COVID-19 convalescent plasma
Plasma collected from those recently recovered from COVID-19 or who tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19, could help patients currently hospitalized with the virus.
This resource – known as COVID-19 convalescent plasma– contains crucial antibodies* that could help fight the virus. The treatment has shown promise when used against other infections in the past.
To stay ahead of current COVID-19 surge trends, Carter BloodCare is collecting plasma for local hospitals and their patients, beginning August 19, 2021.
Please consider this important way to have a positive effect on your community and Texas patients.
Importantly, antibody concentration** has been shown to diminish over time, so it is vital that eligible donors with these antibodies donate plasma every 14 days.
To schedule an appointment to donate and help people in need, please select one of these easy ways:
Carter BloodCare at 817-412-5830
Thank you for doing your part to help our community heal.
* All convalescent plasma donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.
** Beginning August 31, 2021, Carter BloodCare will perform COVID-19 antibody testing on all successful donations to help identify those who have the greatest opportunity to donate COVID-19 convalescent plasma.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:
A: Yes, Carter BloodCare welcomes individuals who are vaccinated for COVID-19 and those who are unvaccinated for the virus, to donate blood and help patients requiring blood transfusion.
If you are contacted by Carter BloodCare to donate COVID-19 convalescent plasma, additional Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements may apply. There are limited donors who meet current eligibility requirements for this type of donation. That is why we are not offering self-scheduling at this time.
A: The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients is on the rise. So is the need for COVID-19 convalescent plasma. Effective August 19, 2021, Carter BloodCare is identifying blood donors who are eligible to donate convalescent plasma to meet this urgent patient need.
The additional questions related to COVID-19 vaccination status, and questions about exposure to or illness from the virus, will help us identify individuals with the greatest opportunity to donate COVID-19 convalescent plasma to help currently ill COVID-19 patients.
A: When blood donors indicate their COVID-19 vaccination status in their Donor History Questionnaire, the information is applied to our system only for use in identifying individuals with the greatest opportunity to donate COVID-19 convalescent plasma. The information doesn’t go anywhere else.