Delhi Plasma Bank, now operational

India’s first ‘plasma bank’, the Delhi Plasma Bank which was established at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) here in collaboration with the Delhi government, is now operational. Patients who have recently recovered from COVID-19 are eligible to donate plasma. “The only purpose of this bank is to provide plasma to all the hospitals in Delhi. I used to receive calls on a regular basis if we could provide plasma or not. Earlier there were no facilities, but now, it is possible with the setting up of this bank,” Dr Anita, incharge, Delhi Plasma Bank told.

“In order to donate, it is important that the donor has one report stating that he was tested positive for COVID-19 and the donor should have recovered from the disease for at least 14 days,” she further added. “Whenever the donor comes, they are counselled first about the procedure and all their concerns are addressed. Once fit, the donor’s blood sample is collected, veins are checked and then we check the blood pressure and temperature,” she said. The patient is then asked to rest and then the sample is screened and once after the testing the donor is fit, the plasma donation process begins, she added. “The entire process — from the point of entry — takes about two hours but the procedure on the machine, takes about a half-hour,” she said.
One donor provides close to 500 ml of plasma which could be helpful for two patients, and the plasma can be preserved for at least a year, she said.