‘They All Have This Superpower’: Researchers Want Plasma From Recovered COVID-19 Patients

UW Health, Froedtert And The Medical College Of Wisconsin Searching For Donors Who Meet FDA Requirements

By Rich Kremer, Wisconsin Public Radio

Medical researchers in Milwaukee and Madison are working to collect blood from people who have recovered from COVID-19. The goal is to use plasma rich in antibodies to treat hospitalized patients struggling to fight of the new coronavirus.

UW Health in Madison along with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee are in the early stages of rolling out what is called convalescent plasma treatment options to address the rise in hospitalizations for COVID-19.

Dr. William Hartman is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at UW Health. He said they have partnered with a national grassroots organization of researchers and physicians from 34 institutions called the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project. Those involved will share information about successes in treating patients hospitalized with the disease using plasma collected from those who have recovered. Read more …