Your blood may carry antibodies that could help other patients fighting the disease. Contact our plasma donor team at (412) 858-C2P3 (412) 858-2273 or email us at C2P3@ahn.org to learn more about screening and donation.
If you’ve previously tested positive for COVID-19, are no longer showing symptoms, and are interested in donating plasma that could help treat other patients, contact the AHN convalescent plasma donor team at (412) 858-C2P3 (412) 858-2273 or email us at C2P3@ahn.org. We will get in touch to evaluate your eligibility and to walk you through the screening process.
It’s a multi-step process. Here’s what you can expect:
STEP 1: Contact us
STEP 2: Take a screening questionnaire
Within 24 hours, you will be contacted to complete a questionnaire about your medical history. It takes about 30 minutes to complete.
STEP 3: Get tested for COVID-19
If your questionnaire answers indicate that you are eligible, you will be contacted to schedule a COVID-19 test. This 5-minute nasal swab exam can be completed without leaving your car at any of our AHN drive-through testing sites. We should have your test results within 3 days.
STEP 4: Take an antibody test
If your COVID-19 test is negative, you will be contacted to schedule an in-person appointment at West Penn Hospital to provide a blood sample for a COVID-19 antibody test. You will be escorted into the hospital, to testing, and back. AHN will cover the cost of on-site parking. We should have your test results within 3 days.
STEP 5: Schedule your plasma donation
If you test positive for COVID-19 antibodies, you will be contacted to schedule an in-person plasma donation at the local Vitalant blood bank.
The process is similar to giving blood. Your whole blood is drawn and the plasma is separated. Then, your red blood cells are returned to your body along with a saline solution that helps you generate new plasma to replace the plasma that has been removed.
No, AHN will cover cost implications of plasma donation testing and services for
any eligible donor, regardless of insurer or where you typically go for care.
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