3 patients undergoing plasma therapy at Montefiore Nyack Hospital

A trial using plasma as treatment for the coronavirus is underway at Montefiore Nyack Hospital.

News 12 Staff

Apr 15, 2020, 9:11 PM

Updated 1,501 days ago

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A trial using plasma as treatment for the coronavirus is underway at Montefiore Nyack Hospital.

Dr. Vandana Hoon, director of laboratories and pathology, says this national, FDA-approved research study led by the Mayo Clinic might save lives.

Convalescent plasma therapy involves taking plasma from someone who has recovered from coronavirus and transfusing it into someone who is fighting for their life.

Hoon says antibodies are in the plasma.

So far, three patients are undergoing this treatment since it began Sunday. Hoon says it is too soon to know its overall effectiveness.

Anyone who has recovered from coronavirus is asked to donate plasma. Just like with a blood donation, a plasma donation could save up to three lives.
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