The Transfusion Center of the Community of Madrid appealed to all those who have passed the Covid-19 to donate hyperimmune plasma, which is used to treat patients with this disease.

Hyperimmune plasma as an alternative against coronavirus awaiting the vaccine

As explained from the Transfusion Center, hyperimmune plasma is the plasma of people who have already had the disease and therefore contains antibodies. Thus, this blood component it can be used as therapy in the treatment of some patients.

The Transfusion Center extracts the donors, inactivates the plasma, preserves it and distributes it to the hospitals that demand it. Thus, those people who have a positive test of having had the coronavirus and want to donate plasma, can do so by contributing your data and mobile number in the email donarplasma@salud.madrid.org.

Who can donate plasma?

Donating plasma is closely related to donating blood. In fact, donor selection is done through hospitals or through blood donors or apheresis donors who have passed the Covid-19.

Regarding these, all blood groups are valid for plasma donation, although especially those who belong to group AB, that is, the universal donor in the case of plasma donation.

Thus, among the requirements to be met to donate plasma are the same as for donating blood:

  • Be between 18 and 65 years old
  • Weigh more than 50 kilos
  • Not have any disease

There are also temporary exclusions, such as pregnancy, having a tattoo or piercing, or taking an antibiotic. In these situations, You have to wait a certain time to donate. There are some diseases, such as AIDS, that prevent a person from permanently donating blood.

On the other hand, whoever has suffered from Covid-19, you must wait 28 days after the total disappearance of symptoms, as reported from the web of blood donation of the Community of Madrid.

In addition to these common requirements with donating blood, the Transfusion Center indicates that the ideal donor of hyperimmune plasma is a person who have not been pregnant and have never received a transfusion, as this could cause adverse reactions in plasma receptors.

Plasma donation is also similar to blood donation in its process. The difference is that donating plasma takes a little longer, around half an hour.

The procedure is called apheresis and, in it, the blood that is extracted from the donor’s arm enters a circuit in which the plasma is separated from the rest of the blood components. These other components are returned to the donor.