ICSI Plasma Bank: An Initiative To Gift Life

Dear Professional Colleague,

As we are all aware of the trying times facing the nation, fighting the COVID battle is a task demanding and soliciting efforts not only on the part of the Government but each one of us to our best possible abilities and capabilities. The need of the hour is to contribute to the cause of nation building and catering to the needs of the society in any meaningful way possible.

In view of the challenges posed by the pandemic and given the rising numbers, Plasma donation and blood donation are critically important activities that contribute to saving lives in such a scenario. Given the few unique solutions and cures available, Plasma donated will be used to create therapies that would provide apt treatment in these times of crisis.

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’, the Institute of Company Secretaries of India has launched the ICSI Plasma Bank.

In furthering this endeavour, the Institute calls upon all its stakeholders to volunteer for donating plasma by registering at https://www.icsi.in/plasmabank/blood.aspx by furnishing your personal details and location. You may go through the FAQs to acquaint yourselves with the process. The needy can get in touch with you when required.

We look forward to your valuable contribution to this noble humanitarian initiative for as we have always said and believed

“Together we can. Together we will.”

With warm regards,

CS Nagendra D. Rao

President

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India

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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.

How can a Plasma donor contact the bank

Q5. Can a patient’s family directly contact the donor?

Ans. Yes

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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