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Vitalant Launching New Program To Treat COVID-19 Patients Using Plasma

Although trials for a vaccine are underway, it is expected to be many months before one is approved.

FARGO, N.D. –Vitalant is launching a new program to treat COVID-19 patients. The program uses the blood plasma donated by people who have recovered from the disease. It’s called “convalescent plasma”, it provides antibodies that can give patients an extra boost in fighting the virus. It is currently the only antibody treatment available to COVID-19 patients Currently, there are no…

Vitalant Seeking Convalescent Plasma Donors

BISMARCK, N.D.–Vitalant and the North Dakota Department of Health are asking anyone who previously tested positive for COVID-19 to donate plasma. The plasma from previously infected individuals is being used as an investigational treatment for COVID-19 patients. NDDoH field medical officer Dr. Joan Connell says, “There have already been a few cases in North Dakota where convalescent plasma treatment has…

Patients discharged from Bismarck hospital after getting plasma from recovered Covid-19 donors

BISMARCK, N.D. – Three critically ill coronavirus patients in Bismarck receive plasma transfusions from donors who recovered in New York and are released from the hospital. CHI St. Alexius Health was eligible to receive the plasma because of its enrollment in the Mayo Clinic Research Clinical Trial. The experimental treatment is believed to help reduce the severity of symptoms of…

Sanford Health Treats First Coronavirus Patient with Plasma

Sanford’s first patient receiving the therapy is in Fargo, North Dakota.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP)–Sanford Health says a critically ill patient has received a transfusion of plasma from a recovered coronavirus patient, the first use of the therapy by the health care provider. Sanford’s treatment is part of a national clinical trial to test the effect of blood plasma in treating COVID-19. The use of plasma is for hospitalized patients with…

New Plasma Therapy Could Help Save COVID-19 Patients

The therapy involves taking plasma from those who have already successfully fought off the disease and created antibodies.

FARGO, N.D. – US Blood and Plasma Agencies are getting ready to start trials and testing for a potential new therapy that could help severe COVID-19 patients recover, according to Dr. Paul Carson, a professor of practice at NDSU and the Director of Antimicrobial Practice at Sanford. The therapy involves taking plasma from those who have already successfully fought off…

Baby Camel Overcomes Challenges at Birth to Make Debut at Red River Zoo

Zookeepers enlisted the help of the Minnesota Zoo to make sure she got plasma

FARGO, N.D. — On a stormy June night, a baby Bactrian Camel made her way into the world. But soon after she was born, zookeepers noticed something was off when she tried to feed off her mother. “They usually start to nurse within the first five to eight hours, so we were a little concerned. We wanted to give her as…

Save Some Lives…You Could Drive Away with a New Harley Davidson Motorcycle

United Blood Services says they begin to see a decrease in donors during the summer months

FARGO, ND — Donating blood this summer could get you a free Harley Davidson. United Blood Services says they begin to see a decrease in donors during the summer months. The decline can be caused by vacation time and students being on summer break. To entice new and current donors to come in to give blood, UBS is partnering with…