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Scripps Health, other regional hospitals using plasma to treat COVID-19


Last updated 4/24/2020 at 2:21pm

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Scripps Health recently became the first health care provider in San Diego County to use an experimental plasma therapy as a possible treatment for COVID-19 patients, the hospital announced today.

The treatment involves transfusing plasma donated by someone who has recovered from COVID-19 into a hospitalized patient who is battling a serious COVID-19 infection. Plasma is the almost-clear liquid that remains after red and white blood cells and platelets are removed from the blood.

The idea behind the treatment -- known as convalescent plasma therapy -- is that people who...

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