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COVID-19 plasma protocol to be conducted in Cincinnati

COVID19plasmaNeed IGThe Christ Hospital has received approval from the US Food & Drug Administration to begin conducting a plasma protocol using convalescent plasma treatment on patients ages 18 to 80 who are considered high risk. The treatment will use plasma donated by recovered COVID-19 patients.

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and UC Health are also continuing their efforts in fighting the spread of the coronavirus by activating as a site to follow the research protocol from the Mayo Clinic to administer convalescent plasma to the sickest patients with COVID-19.

This technique has been used to treat other viral infections, and the studies being conducted at The Christ Hospital and UC/UC Health hope to show that plasma transfusions can improve the survival rate for COVID-19 patients.

Hoxworth Blood Center is seeking individuals who have had COVID-19 and have been symptom free for at least 28 days to donate plasma. Anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 and has been fully recovered for at least 28 days,is asked to contact Hoxworth Blood Center by going to its website.

If you are a physician, hospital representative, or patient looking for more information, please email

Dean Kereiakes, MD, medical director of The Christ Hospital Research Institute is principal investigator for the local study, which is part of a national effort. Co-investigators working with Dr. Kereiakes are John Cafardi MD, and Douglas Hass, MD, who are infectious disease specialists at The Christ Hospital; David Oh, MD, chief medical officer of the Hoxworth Blood Center and clinical associate professor of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; and Timothy Smith, MD, an interventional cardiologist and medical director of the Farmer Family Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at The Christ Hospital. This local study is sponsored by the Lindner Center for Clinical Research and Education at The Christ Hospital.

Moises Huaman, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine at the UC College of Medicine and a UC Health physician, is the local principal investigator on the UC/UC Health protocol.