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A Successful CCP Drive at Victoria Care Center Vitalant was pleased to partner with Dr. George Yu and the team at Victoria Care Center to hold our first COVID Convalescent Plasma (CCP) drive. We collected five CCP donations and were able to manufacture 16 CCP products...
Taking antibody-rich blood plasma from people who have recovered from coronavirus infections and transferring it to patients who are severely ill with COVID-19 does not appear to increase their risk of dying from the disease, according to initial results of a nationwide clinical trial.
What’s more, the findings offer an early hint that the treatment may indeed save lives.
The county’s plasma donation effort—called Conquer Covid Together—will screen and collect convalescent plasma from eligible donors. Ventura County physicians will evaluate COVID patients who receive transfusions and report how patients responded to the plasma to City of Hope.
Dr. George Yu, the Camarillo pulmonologist who organized the county’s first plasma donation, said the study could be a huge step toward getting the pandemic under control.
“We are literally writing history,” Yu said. “We’re able to use a grassroots organization to bring people together, put the talent together, to put the best ideas together to try to make this thing work.”
In Las Vegas, an ER doctor infected by COVID-19 was critically ill and getting worse, and his chest X-ray gave him a fright.
“I looked at it and thought, ‘My God, I’m gonna die.’”
But a call went out to a California pathologist, and soon a medical courier was driving from Santa Maria to Nevada with a container of frozen plasma packed in a cooler box.
Watch as Mayor Illece Buckley Weber of Agoura Hills interviews Dr. Catherine Ferguson, an emergency medicine doctor and Agoura Hills resident, about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Experimental procedure the first in county