Healthcare Providers or Hospital/Public Health Representatives
The FDA has clarified their criteria for donor qualification.
Donors must meet ALL routine criteria for blood donor eligibility. The materials linked below include a document that lists the questions all blood donors are asked. Our staff will pre-screen any potential donor, but we ask you or your staff to review the questions with the donor before referring him/her to us.
COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma donations can ONLY come from donors who have fully recovered from a confirmed COVID-19 infection AND have successfully completed an eligibility process in cooperation with their physician and LifeStream Blood Bank’s Medical Services team. If you believe you are eligible to donate COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma, please click below or call 909-386-6837.
COVID-19 Specific Criteria:
- Donor must have a confirmed positive diagnostic laboratory test for COVID-19 (e.g., nasopharyngeal swab); copy of result or physician attestation statement required
- Exception: Patient did not have a diagnostic test BUT has a positive serological test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies after recovery
- Donor must have been completely symptom-free for at least 14 days (with no anti-fever medications)
- If symptom-free for 14-27 days, a second diagnostic test with NEGATIVE results is required; copy of result or physician attestation statement required
- If symptom-free for at least 28 days, no second test is required
- IF AVAILABLE, donor should have a COVID-19 neutralizing antibody test with titer
NOTE: Female donors who have been pregnant and have not been tested for anti-HLA antibodies will require pre-testing for those antibodies; we will work with the donor to schedule a pre-qualification blood draw.
- LifeStream does not test donors or blood products for ACTIVE COVID-19 infection.
- LifeStream Blood Bank is now testing all successful blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Your antibody testing results reveal your potential to donate convalescent plasma, a powerful way to help those fighting COVID-19. The antibody test will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies because of previous exposure to the virus. This is not a test that tells a person whether or not they have a current COVID-19 infection. If you are feeling unwell, please do not donate blood. For more info about antibody testing, click here.
- LifeStream does NOT provide directed donations to specific facilities or patients. When a donor donates convalescent plasma on behalf of a hospital, we reserve some of the products from that collection for that hospital’s use. The hospital then decides how to distribute the product in their facility, based on their own criteria. We work with donors and hospitals to make this happen every day through this web page, and we are appealing to recovered COVID-19 patients throughout our area to contact us to arrange a convalescent plasma donation.
I Read That the FDA Issued New Criteria for Donors. Has LifeStream Implemented Them?
Yes, these changes were implemented on July 20, 2020.
On April 2, 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration issued new guidelines for donor eligibility, reducing the deferral period from 12 months to 3 months for various events in a donor’s life. The most prominent example of this shorter deferral period is male donors who have had sex with other males, but it also includes tattoos and piercings, travel to areas where malaria is prominently transmitted, and certain donors who lived in parts of Europe (especially on military bases) in the past.
For more info about these changes, please click below.
Will My Hospital Receive All of the Plasma from Donors I Refer to LifeStream?
- If LifeStream successfully collects a plasma product from a donor referred by a hospital or provider associated with a hospital, we will reserve up to half of the plasma products collected from the donor’s first donation for that hospital’s use.
- Most apheresis plasma collections result in three or four plasma units, approximately 200 mL each. If up to three units are collected from the donor’s first donation, one unit will be reserved for the referring hospital. If four units are collected, then two units will be reserved.
- Please note: As mentioned above, this process is NOT a “directed donation.” LifeStream will not “tag” the unit with a potential recipient’s name, as this is the responsibility of the transfusing facility. ABO compatibility is also the responsibility of the transfusing facility.
How Long Will it Take to Get Products Back to the Hospital Customer?
In short, approximately 2-3 days from the time the donor has donated. From the time a donor is collected, it will take approximately 48 hours for the product to go through processing and be ready for the hospital. This is the typical time needed for our blood products to be processed, have infectious diseases testing completed, and be labeled and ready for distribution. If the hospital is located far from our distribution hub or if there are issues with qualifying the donor or the product, then extra time is required.
If you have a recovered patient who meets these criteria, please click below to download the forms.