Created: May 14, 2020 07:00 PM
FARMINGTON N.M.- Hospitals across the nation are using plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat those who are currently fighting the virus. San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington is doing the same.
“Plasma has been utilized with other viral outbreaks like H1N1, we thought it could be beneficial with COVID-19,” said Melissa Maxey, general surgeon at SJRMC.
The plasma will be used as an investigative therapy for patients currently fighting the virus. Plasma has COVID-19 antibodies that could help others fight the infection.
Only those who have tested positive and recovered can donate.
“Before they can donate, they have to have been symptom-free for 14 days with a negative test or 28 days without requiring a follow-up negative test,” said Maxey.
People interested in donating can donate through their local blood bank. They can also contact Dr. Scott Otteson at email@example.com.
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