August 6, 2020

Florida Hospitals, Physicians Urge COVID-19 Survivors to Donate Plasma

Convalescent plasma therapy has emerged as a promising experimental treatment

The Florida Hospital Association and the Florida Medical Association are working together to increase the state's supply of convalescent plasma to help individuals with COVID-19. The state's largest hospital and physician membership associations are encouraging individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 and those who have had a COVID-19 antibody positive test result to donate their blood plasma.

While there is no FDA-approved medication or treatment specifically for treating COVID-19, convalescent plasma has demonstrated effectiveness at boosting infected patients' virus-fighting capabilities and preventing moderate cases from worsening.

"With the surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state this summer, hospitals are reporting a 500 percent increase in the need for convalescent plasma," said Crystal Stickle, interim president, Florida Hospital Association. "We are asking anyone who meets the donation criteria to help their fellow citizens by donating plasma."

"COVID-19 remains an active threat, and without a vaccine or a cure, the medical community is relying on several investigational treatments to help reduce the illness' severity and ultimately, reduce the number of fatalities," said Tim Stapleton, chief executive officer, Florida Medical Association. "The public has a tremendous opportunity to help in the fight against COVID-19 by donating plasma if they are eligible."

FHA and FMA urge anyone who has recovered from COVID-19 to contact the American Red Cross or OneBlood to learn more about donation eligibility and how to donate plasma.

FHA and FMA also remind all Floridians to do their part to minimize spread of the virus by:

  • Wearing a mask to cover your mouth and nose when in public.
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Limiting unnecessary travel.
  • Avoiding large groups.
  • Maintaining at least six feet of physical distance between yourself and others.

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ABOUT THE FLORIDA HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION
The Florida Hospital Association comprises over 200 hospitals and health systems from across the state. Through representation and advocacy, education and informational services, we support the mission of our members to provide the highest quality of care to the patients we serve. For more information, visit www.fha.org.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1874, the Florida Medical Association is a professional association dedicated to the service and assistance of Doctors of Medicine and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine in Florida. The FMA represents more than 25,000 members on issues of legislation and regulatory affairs, medical economics and education, public health, and ethical and legal issues. We advocate for physicians and their patients to promote the public health, ensure the highest standards of medical practice, and to enhance the quality and availability of health care in the Sunshine State.