The FDA asked Mayo Clinic to lead a COVID-19 convalescent plasma study.
Baton Rouge General is a registered site, meaning we can provide hospitalized
patients access to this therapy as part of a clinical trial.
Clinical Trial: Convalescent Plasma for the Treatment of Patients with COVID-19
Baton Rouge General is participating in the FDA’s Expanded Access
to Convalescent Plasma program (CCP) that is led by the Mayo Clinic, and
is looking for donors. If you’ve survived COVID-19, you may be able
to help others fight the virus by donating plasma.
Plasma is the liquid yellow portion of blood that contains things like
antibodies and proteins. Convalescent plasma is plasma collected from
someone who has recovered from the infection. Using convalescent plasma
to treat viruses has been around for years. It was used in the 1918 flu
pandemic as well as for more recent viruses including SARS, MERS, and
the 2009 H1N1. Giving patients antibody-rich plasma from someone who had
recovered from those viruses seems to have been beneficial. Researchers
hope that convalescent plasma can be given to people with severe COVID-19
to boost their ability to fight the virus.
How do I donate?
LifeShare uses a procedure much like whole blood donation. A needle is
placed into a vein in your arm and blood is drawn into a special medical
device that separates your plasma from your red blood cells. After separation,
your red blood cells are returned to your body in the same way. The entire
process takes about 45 minutes.
What is COVID convalescent plasma (CCP)?
COVID Convalescent plasma is plasma from a person who had the disease,
produced antibodies to fight COVID and has recovered.
Why is this clinical trial being done?
COVID-19 convalescent plasma has not yet been demonstrated to provide
clinical benefit in patients affected by this disease. This is a clinical
trial to learn more about the potential beneficial effects of this treatment
for those with COVID-19.
Am I eligible to donate for this study?
If you tested positive for COVID and have not had any symptoms for at
least 14 days, the next step is to be tested again. If your result is
negative – you are eligible.
Alternatively, if you tested positive for COVID and have not had any symptoms
for 28 days you are eligible.
I think I am eligible. What do I do next?
Contact your physician or call Baton Rouge General at 763-4111 for more
information. After a brief phone call, the required referral to LifeShare
may be completed.
Who receives the convalescent COVID plasma (CCP)?
CCP is requested by a physician and transfused to assist in the recovery
of those severely affected with COVID- 19. This treatment approach has
been used in other disease situations (e.g. SARS, MERS, H1N1, Ebola).
Where do I go to donate plasma?
LifeShare Blood Center 5745 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70806