As COVID-19 continues to spread, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended Social Distancing to slow the outbreak. Below are some guidelines that BPL Plasma will be implementing in all centers.
- All donors and employees will be screened for fever as they enter the center. Anyone with a temperature above 99.6°F will not be allowed to remain in the center.
- Donors will register with the staff upon entering the center. We will require your name, donor ID, and mobile phone number.
- For your safety, all donors must remain 6 feet apart while waiting in lines. Floors will be marked with tape to facilitate this spacing.
- When the center can no longer accommodate donors with proper spacing, donors will be asked to wait outside.
- Staff will call donors when it is their turn to commence screening at the kiosk or register as a new donor
- Donor beds will be moved to ensure 6-foot spacing. In centers where beds cannot be moved, we will only use every other bed to achieve the 6’ spacing.
BPL Plasma is a Critical Infrastructure Business. We will continue to collect plasma from healthy donors so that we can continue to serve those in need of the treatments created from plasma. For a copy of a donor exemption letter, click here.
At this time of global concern regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus, BPL Plasma wants to thank our committed plasma donors who make life-saving medicines for rare disease patients a reality.
We also want both current donors, and potential new donors, to know that:
- plasma donation continues to be a safe process,
- there have been no blood-borne transmissions of the coronavirus, and
- the need for plasma donations is just as great as ever!
Of course, donor safety is a top priority, and BPL Plasma recommends that anyone considering donating plasma first consider whether they may be a member of a “high risk” population that should take special precautions. See Guidance from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Safety of Plasma Donation Centers
Our plasma collection centers are not places where sick people gather to seek diagnosis and treatment.
BPL Plasma centers are:
- clean, well-controlled, supervised establishments;
- subject to federal and state quality and safety requirements;
- governed by rigorous industry health and safety standards;
- where healthy members of the local community go to donate plasma.
Although our plasma centers are staffed by highly-trained individuals, they are not doctor's offices. Only healthy individuals are permitted to donate. Those that are not feeling well are urged to stay home. Furthermore, industry standards require that eligible donors be residents of the local community.
Importance of Plasma Donation
Plasma donation is a critical activity that contributes to saving lives. Plasma donations are used to produce medicines that treat people with rare, chronic diseases and disorders, such as primary immunodeficiency, hemophilia, and genetic lung disease, as well as in the treatment of trauma, burns, and shock.