Versiti blood donations now include antibody testing


Versiti Blood Center of Indiana has announced the SARS CoV-2 antibody test will now be performed on all blood donations beginning as part of its standard testing.

The test will be conducted as officials continue to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The antibody test will be performed on all successful donations at Versiti blood drives and in donor centers. It will be done automatically on tubes that are collected as a normal part of the donation in addition to other Food and Drug Administration-mandated infectious disease testing that Versiti’s donor testing lab already performs.

The test will inform donors if they have antibodies reflective of a prior COVID-19 infection and is not to inform donors if they currently have COVID-19.

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Donors with these antibodies also may be eligible to donate COVID-19 convalescent plasma. Versiti is partnering with community hospitals to help COVID-19 patients specifically through this donation.

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