U.S. Naval Hospital seeks COVID-recovered patients for antibodies plasma donations

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(Naval Hospital Guam)

The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam needs convalescent plasma donors to help support the readiness of active duty service members who are deployed on the front lines and those here on Guam.

ASBP is encouraging eligible donors in the Guam community to assist the Department of Defense efforts by donating convalescent plasma to support the treatment of COVID-positive patients.

To ensure service members stand ready, the Department of Defense is on a mission to collect more than 10,000 convalescent plasma units from those who have recovered from COVID-19 by September 30, 2020.

Convalescent plasma is the liquid part of blood that contains antibodies believed to fight COVID-19 and is transfused into patients who are still fighting the infection. If you have a prior diagnosis of COVID-19, your donation could help provide treatment and save a life.

“This is a unique chance for those who have recovered from COVID-19 to help others fight the disease by donating their plasma,” said U.S. Naval Hospital Guam Blood Donor Center Department Head, Lt. Cdr. Stephanie Golla. “Because we are the only collection facility on Guam, we want to provide the opportunity for the Guam community and ask for their help.”

Anyone who is at least 17 years old, weighs at least 110 pounds, is in good health, meets the standard eligibility requirements to donate.

To schedule your appointment or for more information, please call the Armed Services Blood Program at (671) 344-9748. The U.S. Naval Hospital Guam Blood Donor Center is accepting donations from beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries of all blood types. The Blood Donor Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.

ASBP is the official blood program of the United States military that directly supports service members deployed and at home, their families, and retirees at military treatment facilities within the Department of Defense.

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For more information, call the USNH Guam Public Affairs Office at (671) 344-8237

Thank you,

Jaciyn