Convalescent Plasma Donor Team at John Theurer Cancer Center in action. This team is looking into the blood of COVID-19 survivors as a potential treatment for current COVID-19 patients. First the researchers will take a small blood sample from those recovered or recovering patients who volunteer for the study, with the goal of finding those who developed the highest levels of targeted antibodies in response to the virus. Those patients with the highest level of antibodies will be asked to return to provide a larger plasma donation, which may be utilized to infuse into very sick COVID-19 patients. Patients sought for the studies will be between the ages of 18 and 60, and have a prior laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19 .They must also be at least 14 days without symptoms.
Rebecca Nemah, Medical Technologist – Blood Bank at Hackensack University Medical Center Laboratory, would always walk around with a smile on her face, hoping to brighten someone’s day. However, wearing a mask has stopped all of us from being able to show our emotions. So, Rebecca found another way. She decided to write messages about positivity on the back of her lab coat to remind everyone that we are strong, and we will get through this.
5 St. John at Hackensack University Medical Center team members captured collaborating with other team members including doctors, physician assistants, patient care technicians, runners, registered nurse buddies, social workers, case managers, escort team members and more. We are stronger together and this too shall pass.