Indore awaits ICMR nod to start plasma therapy

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INDORE:
Blood plasma of cured patients, who have been discharged from hospitals, can be transfused in Covid-19 positive patients to help them develop anti-body resistance, say experts from
MY Hospital. They have a list of number of discharged patients with address and contact number as probable donors but are awaiting guidelines from ICMR.

According to
Dr Deepak Bansal, associate professor in respiratory medicine, MGM Medical College, blood plasma of patients, who have recovered from Covid-19, can be transfused in those suffering from the disease. “Plasma therapy has been studied in the US and Italy and have shown positive results,” said Dr Bansal adding that it’s a timetested method. “Plasma of the recovered person’s blood is taken out and injected in the patient to develop anti-body by concentrating it further to get good results,” he said.

He added that plasma separated from blood of a healthy patient can be transfused in four patients.

“On receiving ICMR’s approval and guidelines, we can start the process by making some special arrangements and changes in MY Hospital’s
blood bank and train staff,” Dr Bansal said adding that critical patients are expected to be benefitted the most from plasma therapy.

Indore’s known doctors including Dr Apoorva Pauranik, Dr VP Pandey, Dr Saurabh Malviya, Dr Atul Kharate, Dr Mahesh Khachariya, Dr Avinash Patwari and Dr Lalit Mohan Pant are also banking on the therapy to get some good results in treating critical patients. According to experts, plasma therapy has been used in the treatment of Ebola, H1N1 and SARS and is also expected to yield good results in Covid-19 treatment.

HOD transfusion and medicine department Dr
Ashok Yadav said, “In the plasma therapy, blood of the health patients, who recovered from disease, are taken 28 days after they are discharged. We have all equipment to separate plasma from blood and transfuse it in the critical patients. We are waiting for guidelines from government to start the process.” ICMR has given approval to Kerala for starting plasma therapy for Covid-19 patients.

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