JRMC giving plasma treatment for COVID-19

     UnityPoint Health – Jones Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is partnering in investigative plasma treatment. Donated plasma from healthy donors who have recovered from COVID-19 is being trialed in patients currently fighting the virus to determine its effectiveness. UnityPoint Health is partnering with selected blood centers on this investigative treatment, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

     This is part of the Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA, which allows the use of COVID-19 convalescent plasma to be distributed and used by licensed healthcare providers to treat adult patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

     The availability of the plasma is dependent on the plasma donor pool. Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to contact their UnityPoint Clinic provider to see if they qualify to donate plasma. Those who believe they qualify to donate are encouraged to fill out the form on the Mississippi Valley Blood Center’s website (www.bloodcenter.org).


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