All donors must wear a mask or face covering. 

What is Convalescent Plasma?

  • Plasma Definition:
    • Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood.
    • Generally, plasma helps trauma patients, burn victims, cancer patients, and countless others.
  • CP Definition: Convalescent plasma treatment is the transfusion of plasma from someone who has recovered from an infection to someone suffering from it, in the hopes that the passive transfer of antibodies will help the patient fight off the infection.
  • An individual must have had a positive COVID-19 lab test.
  • MEDIC will not be collecting convalescent plasma from community members who may have had a previous infection and believe that they had COVID-19..
  • MEDIC is not a healthcare provider and thus does not provide a coronavirus test nor do we test for COVID-19 antibodies.
  • Schedule Your Appointment:
      • Online at www.medicblood.org -> Click the donate tab and then on the center in which you’d like to donate. There is a link that to “click here” to schedule your appointment.
      • Call 865-524-3074 and ask to schedule an appointment.
  • Masks for Collections Staff: As blood is an essential resource for the healthcare system, and in an abundance of caution to protect the health and wellness of both our donors and collections staff.
  • Wellness Check-In: Staff, donors and visitors undergo a daily check-in upon arrival at any facility or mobile drive.
    • The check-in includes a temperature check
      • Temperature must be 99.5 degrees or less to continue..
      • Donors and visitors with temperatures over 99.5 will be asked to return on a different day.
  • The check-in includes asking someone if they feel healthy and well and if someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19/Coronavirus.
  • FDA Updates: You may have seen news stories relating to FDA updates and the blood donation process.
    • The FDA reviewed recently completed studies and epidemiologic data and concluded that current policies for specific donor eligibility rules could be modified without compromising the safety of the blood supply. 

Reminders about the Donation Process:

  • After completing the initial check-in, each donor goes through a mini physical that includes a temperature check as well as a visual check on the donor’s well-being. We look for coughing, nose draining or if the donor is having a hard time breathing.
  • Individuals should not donate if they are feeling ill.
  • Donors are always asked a series of questions that include whether they have traveled outside the country.
  • MEDIC follows appropriate infection control standards of donor rooms and mobile buses and uses single-use equipment for collection procedures and frequent cleaning and hand washing.
  • Blood collected at MEDIC is always tested for various infectious diseases.
  • Blood donation is not a mass gathering or social event.
  • MEDIC is following Knox County Health Department guidelines and updates.
  • According to the FDA, there is no known risk of transmission of COVID-19 through the blood donation process or from blood transfusions.
  • According to the FDA, there is no intrinsic risk of the safety of the blood supply, but there is risk to the availability of blood for patients in need because of an increase in cancelled donation appointments and blood drives.
  • The blood on the shelves right now is the blood that would be used in a trauma/disaster situation, for surgeries and for cancer patients in need of a blood transfusion due to treatments.
  • MEDIC serves 25 hospitals in 22 counties.
  • It is imperative that healthy and well individuals continue to donate in the coming weeks.