UTICA, N.Y. -- New York State distribution centers are running out of convalescent plasma daily and are struggling to maintain sufficient stock levels, according to MVHS hospital officials.
The Blood Bank at the St. Luke's Campus in Utica is reporting their supply of convalescent plasma is critically low. Therefore, they need recovered COVID-19 individuals to donate immediately. According to a press release, MVHS is preparing for a surge in patients and they will need as many donations as they can get!
The St. Luke's Campus is seeing significant delays in certain types of plasma, AB and B types. They are back-ordered at least a week and a half at this time. Due to this, there is a significant delay in treatments that necessitate convalescent plasma transfusions. The inevitable has occurred, and now all available blood types are now listed as critically low.
More information on how to donate convalescent plasma, can be found by clicking here.
*If you are fully recovered from COVID-19 and ready to help other patients, please fill out the American Red Cross form found in the link above.
*Once your initial eligibility is confirmed, the ARC will contact you via phone within 1-3 business days to schedule your donation.
*They may provide your information to a non-Red Cross donor center for qualification and scheduling if your address is closer to that center.
It is recommended that you also download the American Red Cross app. This allows you to see not only where the nearest donation site to you is, but you can schedule an appointment through the app. It also shows you your test results (everyone gets a Covid Antibody test performed) and keeps track of how many donations you have made, along with many other features.
The American Red Cross is reaching out to other states to supplement their supply, however, there is limited convalescent plasma available nationwide.