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To help drive the needs and needs of nourishing plasma, the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center announced in a press conference on Monday that it would be giving donors a $ 50 gift card in the future. hybrid.
The $ 100,000 gift card was sponsored by Carabin & Shaw PC and the Wyatt Law Firm, both of which donated $ 50,000.
The blood center is collecting donated plasma from people who have recovered from the disease after COVID-19 as part of its treatment for critically ill patients. The plasma is composed of antibodies that may help the COVID-19 patient’s immune system fight the virus, according to the blood center.
Elizabeth Waltman, CEO of South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, said a recent study led by the Mayo Clinic found that nursing plasma could halve mortality when taken at the right time. point.
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“It shows that we need more people to contribute these life-saving funds,” she said. “The need is real and it’s very powerful. From what we’re seeing, vegetative plasma is making the difference between life and death for individuals.”
As of Sunday night, the blood center said it had around 40 scheduled donors per day with a display rate of 75 percent. The Center needs 75 sponsors a day to meet regional needs, according to the center.
In Bexar County, more than 33,000 people recovered after COVID-19, but only 830 people donated nursing plasma.
“Our doctors in San Antonio want to use nursing plasma for anyone admitted to the hospital with COVID-19, but we need more donations,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said during the meeting. newspaper.
The blood center had sent 5,457 units of nursing plasma as of Sunday night, the statement said. In August, it sent 820 units.
The Blood Center is encouraging anyone who has recovered from COVID-19 to see if they are eligible to donate. Potential plasma donors can email COVID19@SouthTexasBlood.org to find out if they are eligible or visit southtexasblood.org/covid19 for more information.
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