Physicians at the MUSC Health University Medical Center successfully infused their first COVID-19 patient with convalescent plasma on April 18. The patient is the first person in the Lowcountry and only the second person in South Carolina to receive this investigational therapy, which took place less than 24 hours after the blood product was provided by a compatible donor.
COVID-19 is the illness caused by the coronavirus. Working with its telehealth platform, MUSC Health established a system to identify potential blood plasma donors by reaching out to COVID-19 patients who were initially screened by MUSC Health Virtual Urgent Care and tested positive for COVID-19.
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