The biomaterial will be used to treat patients in critical condition.
St. Petersburg people who have recovered from COVID-19 will donate plasma to help treat patients with in severe coronavirus conditions.
Yevgeny Garbuzov, chief specialist of the city hospital No 40, tells: ‘This is a new situation that clinicians around the world have faced for the first time. According to foreign experts, plasma transfusion from COVID-19 reconvalescents has proved efficient.’
Large-scale clinical studies of the new method have not been made yet. The only proof of its efficiency is the testimony of doctors who used it.
Yevgeny Garbuzov continues: ‘As the city Governor has set the medical community with a task to search for new efficient methods to prevent and treat the coronavirus infection, the method of pathogen-reduced plasma transfusion has been selected as one of the most promising.’
There are strict criteria to select would-be donors. They should have a high antibody titer and they should have been released from hospital at least two weeks ago.
Elderly people and children cannot become donors, same as those who suffer from tuberculosis and hepatitis.
Plasma is currently used in anti-COVID-19 therapy in the US, Germany and China. Recently, the method has been applied in Moscow.
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