UW Health getting steady stream of potential plasma donors for COVID-19

Since 27 News first told you about a clinical trialwhere some of the most seriously ill from COVID-19 will be treated with the blood of those who have recovered from the virus, UW Health has been getting a large number of possible donors.

According to a UW Health spokesperson, their clinical trial hotline has been slammed with calls since Tuesday.

Dr. William Hartman, a UW Health anesthesiologist, is heading up the effort at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. They are using a concept that was first used over 100 years ago to treat the Spanish Flu.

Doctors transfuse antibodies from the plasma of people who fought off the new coronavirus, into patients who have serious complications or who are on ventilators and are at risk of their organs failing.

The plan is to treat their first patient early next week.

Donors have to be fully recovered from the coronavirus and undergo a second test to be confirmed that they are no longer sick.

If you have recovered from COVID-19 and are interested in being a donor you can call 608-262-8300 or toll-free 833-306-0681 or email at uwcovid19project@hslc.wisc.edu.

To read more go to WKOW https://wkow.com/2020/04/10/uw-health-getting-steady-stream-of-potential-plasma-donors-for-covid-19-clinical-trial/

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