Frankfort Regional Medical Center joins plasma study for COVID-19 patients
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Frankfort Regional Medical Center has announced it is participating in a national study to determine if plasma from convalescent, or recovered, COVID-19 patients may benefit individuals currently hospitalized with severe or life-threatening cases of the virus. As part of the effort, Frankfort Regional Medical Center is seeking eligible volunteers from Central Kentucky to donate plasma to help current patients in need.
To date, there is no proven therapy for individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19, but there is a long history of successful viral infection treatment using convalescent plasma.
The medical center says, after someone is infected with a virus like COVID-19 and recovers, their blood contains antibodies that their immune system produced to help them fight off the virus. By infusing this plasma into patients who are facing severe cases of COVID-19, their immune system might more effectively be able to fight the virus. Recent examples of this approach have occurred during outbreaks of coronaviruses like SARS-1, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), but additional clinical data – and more plasma donations – are needed to determine efficacy in treating COVID-19.
The success of the study hinges on the continued collection of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients.
To find out more about the donation process, eligibility and locations to donate in Central Kentucky, please call our dedicated COVID-19 Plasma Phone Line at (833) 582-1971 or visit https://hcahealthcare.com/covid-19/latest-updates/plasma-donations.dot.