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Convalescent Plasma : Donation Procedure

Edit: As of 18th May 2021 AIIMS New Delhi has removed Convalescent Plasma in the Management  Guidelines.

There are two different methods on how you can donate convalescent plasma.

1. WHOLE BLOOD Convalescent Plasma and

2. APHERESIS  Convalescent Plasma. 

Eligibility criteria (common to both):

The donor should be:-

1. >18 years old 

2. >55 kgs

3. Male or a nulliparous female (a woman who hasn't given birth to a child)

The donor should carry their Positive test report i.e RTPCR or RAT or Discharge Card.

The symptoms should have resolved 28 days prior to donation i.e 28 days from the last day of symptoms [The date of swabbing/positive report and first day of symptoms are not considered]

1. WHOLE BLOOD CP: This is similar to a blood donation, which takes around 10 to 15 minutes. You donate enough plasma for ONE PATIENT and you can donate again only after 3 MONTHS (4 months for females)

2. APHERESIS CP: Donor has to be screened before the procedure. A blood sample will be collected and sent for testing (results come in 1-2 hours). 

The following will be checked:

  • Above mentioned eligibility criteria 

  • Hemoglobin, Blood Counts, Serum Protein 

  • Presence of Transfusion Transmitted Infections 

  • Adequacy of veins

If everything is good then you can donate APHERESIS PLASMA. 

A slot will be fixed based on your convenience and availability.

The APHERESIS  procedure takes around 1 hour. You donate enough plasma for THREE  PATIENTS and you can donate again  after 14 DAYS.

Some additional information based on your queries:

1. You can donate plasma at Goa Medical College as well as Manipal.

2. Timings for donation are 9 30am to 1pm and 2pm to 4 30pm on weekdays, half-day on Saturday and closed on Sunday

3. Your donation can be reserved for a patient provided that blood group is available or you have donated the same blood group.

If you have any queries get in touch with me.

Dr Sidney Palha (Medical Officer, Blood Bank)