MedStar Health Seeking Blood Donations from DC-Area Residents to Help COVID-19 Patients

Apr 24, 2020 | Convalescent Plasma, Coronavirus, COVID-19, MedStar, Plasma

MedStar Health Seeking Blood Donations from DC-Area Residents to Help COVID-19 Patients

MedStar Health joined the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma study and now seeks people who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2—the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic. Based in the Washington DC metropolitan area, patients must be fully recovered to donate. Think about giving back by donating your plasma as a potential therapy—it very well may help other patients currently fighting for their life against COVID-19 infections.

The Principal Investigator

Dr. Glen Wortman, carries serious credentials and currently leads research as Section Director of Infectious Diseases at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at the MedStar Institute of Quality and Safety. Dr. Wortman, recently interviewed by ABC7 News, discussed this investigational effort.

Summary of the Interview

TrialSite News offers a link to ABC News and a summary below.

Does this investigational therapy work?

“We don’t know if its going to work but we hope it will work but we don’t know yet.”

What is plasma therapy and how does it work?

“The idea is that you take antibodies from someone who’s had the infection before and developed an immune response to that virus, we take those antibodies from that person and infuse it into someone who has an active infection, and hopefully those antibodies will kill the virus and make the person better.”

Is the treatment new?

No, “it’s a very old treatment. It was first used against diphtheria back in the early 1900s. It has been used before with “mixed results.”

Who is eligible for the MedStar study?

You must have tested positive for COVID-19 and 2) you must be better for at least 14 days. You must take a screening test.

Side effects?

“Only the pain of a needle stick.”

Contact for Donations

(202) 877-6290

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit healthcare organization operating over 120 entities including ten hospitals in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region of the United States. It has ranked as one of the largest employers of local employees in the region. The health system combines the best aspects of academic medicine, research and innovation with a complete spectrum of clinical services to advance health care. It is the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington DC region. The system includes Georgetown University and includes over 30,000 associates and 4,700 affiliated physicians.

Call to Action: If you live in the Washington DC area and meet the inclusion criteria, think about stepping up to contribute. The death toll on the east coast has been bad and people need help.

Source: WJLA

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