The ICSI Plasma Bank- ICSI has launched a website wherein any one can register to volunteer for donating plasma all over India.
ICSI PLASMA BANK: AN INITIATIVE TO GIFT LIFE
The crisis the Country is facing is not a secret. The second wave of Covid-19 pandemic has broken all records in India with more than three lakhs cases in day.
Among others, the Plasma donation and blood donation are very important in saving lives. The blood of a cured person may contain COVID-19 antibodies and if their antibody levels were found to be good enough, their plasma can be transfused to Covid-19 patients in the hospital.
The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), in view of the fact that Plasma donors are needed because lives depend on plasma protein therapies and understanding the magnanimity of the same from the thought that donating plasma is often called, ‘the gift of life’, has launched the ICSI Plasma Bank.
The ICSI has launched a web site https://www.icsi.in/plasmabank/blood.aspx to achieve the objective of building a database of plasma donors.
Any one can register himself on the above portal to volunteer for donating plasma. The Portal gives search facility to find a plasma donor based on three criteria:
(a) Blood Group
(b) State, and
The search results with the details of the registered plasma donors with their mobile no, email and date of last donation.
This endeavor of the ICSI is commendable and come a long way in saving lives.
FAQs on Plasma Donation
Q1. What is a plasma bank?
Ans. A plasma bank functions like a blood bank, and has been created specifically for those who are suffering from Covid-19, and have been advised the therapy by doctors.
Q2. Who can donate plasma?
Ans. Those who had the disease, but have recovered at least 14 days before the donation can be considered — although doctors prefer a time of three weeks between recovery and donation. People between the ages of 18 and 60, and weighing not less than 50 kg are eligible. Women who have given birth are not eligible, as the antibodies they produce during pregnancy (after being exposed to the blood of the foetus) can interfere with lung function. People with comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, and cancer are also excluded. Once you reach the centre, a doctor will take a detailed medical history and conduct a physical examination (Height, Weight, Blood Pressure, Temperature, adequate veins for phlebotomy).
Q3. What test are carried out before donating plasma?
Ans. Laboratory tests are carried out to assess various conditions — serum protein and CBC, TTI testing for hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, HIV, malaria, and syphilis — and for blood grouping and antibody screening. Serum Covid-19 specific IgG antibody concentration higher than 80 is preferred.
Q4. How can a donor contact the bank?
Ans. A patient who is eligible and willing to donate plasma has to fill the registration form as shown in the screenshot.
Q5. Can a patient’s family directly contact the donor?
Q6. How many people would be benefitted by one person’s donation?
Ans. Each plasma donation would be used to treat 2 patients. The bank collects 500 ml of plasma, depending on weight.
Q7. How does plasma donation differ from blood donation?
Ans. In plasma donation, as opposed to blood donation, only plasma is extracted and the other components of blood are returned to the body. Blood contains several components, including red blood cells, platelets, white blood cells, and plasma. During a whole blood donation, donors typically donate a pint (about a half litre) of blood. During automated donation (apheresis), you will be connected to the apheresis machine using a fully disposable one-time use apheresis kit. The process uses a single needle. The machine will selectively retain the plasma and return all red blood cells and other components of blood. All plasma proteins lost by you due to donation will be formed again in 24-72 hours.
Q8. How often can a recovered patient donate plasma?
Ans. 500 ml of plasma can be donated every two weeks, while blood can be donated once in three months. .This is safer with very little stress on the body. Plasma can be stored for a year, as frozen plasma will still have antibodies. The antibody level doesn’t decrease in a person’s body.
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