St. Luke’s upgrades convalescent plasma collection machine

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WITH the machines, St. Luke’s collection of donor plasma can be completed in 40 minutes.

ST. LUKE’S Medical Center (St. Luke) received upgraded equipment for convalescent plasma therapy that will increase the hospital’s collection capacity.

In a statement, St. Luke’s said the two new convalescent plasma collection machines can significantly increase the amount of plasma collection and number of patients who can undergo the treatment.

The two donated Scinomed Plasma Collection Machines cut the time for collection of donor plasma from 1.2-1.5 hours to just 40 minutes.

“This provides greater efficiency, increased donor comfort and safety, and increased plasma collection given the same timeframe,” it said.

The machines can also collect up to 1,000 milliliters (ml) of convalescent plasma instead of 500 ml.

“This increased volume of plasma can be easily transferred to smaller bags, providing treatment to two to three patients, instead of the current one patient,” St. Luke’s said.

Arturo De La Peña, president and chief executive of the hospital, said he was grateful to Getz Healthcare Philippines for its donation “since these machines will greatly help us extend the best treatment for our patients.”

Plasma, a component of the blood, from a coronavirus infection survivor is infused into patients with severe symptoms, giving them antibodies to reduce their load of the virus. — Vann Marlo Villegas