Recovered COVID-19 patients in Moscow make over 10,500 plasma donations times

December 24, 2020

Since April, some 8,825 Muscovites have donated their blood plasma containing COVID-19 antibodies, making it over 10,500 donations. Around 13.5 percent of donors went through the procedure several times.

Recovered coronavirus patients have antibodies in their blood for up to several months. A person can donate their plasma as many as 20 times a year, donations being at least two weeks apart.

Depending on a case, a doctors’ committee may prescribe a COVID-19 convalescent plasma transfusion to a hospitalised patient in a moderately serious or serious condition. This method is part of a comprehensive treatment protocol.

Plasma transfusion reduces the chance of deterioration in a patient’s condition, the probability of switching a patient to artificial pulmonary ventilation may be cut in half and the survival rate increases by 19 percent.

Recovered patients aged 18 to 55 whose body weight is over 50 kg can donate convalescent blood plasma, at least five weeks after the first COVID-19 symptoms. Donors must not have chronic conditions, HIV, hepatitis or syphilis.

Donors receive incentives in the amount of 5,000 roubles and a food allowance of 1,212 roubles for each donation.

Donation stations:

- Oleg Gavrilov Blood Donor Centre (31 Bakinskaya Street)

- Oleg Gavrilov Blood Donor Centre (2 Polikarpova Street, Block 2)

- Sklifosovsky Emergency Medicine Research Centre (12 Bolshaya Sukharevskaya Square, Block 12)

- City Hospital No. 52 (3 Pekhotnaya Street, Block 1)

- Maxim Konchalovsky City Hospital (5 Kashtanovaya Alley, Bld.5, Zelenograd)

- Blood Donor Centre at Alexander Yeramishantsev City Hospital (15 Lenskaya Street)

- Leonid Vorokhobov City Hospital No. 67 (2/44 Salyam Adil Street)

- Nikolai Pirogov City Hospital No. 1 (10 Leninsky Prospekt, Bld. 1).

Plasma donors can ask questions and make an appointment by calling the city hotline at +7 (495) 870-45 16. The hotline operates daily from 9 am to 7 pm.

More information and donation forms are also available on Moscow’s Department of Healthcare website. Preliminary screening will indicate if a donor has temporary or absolute contraindications for a donation.


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