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Update March 23, 2020:   

BioLife takes the safety of its donors - and donation process - very seriously.  In an attempt to minimize any COVID-19 risk, we are committed to limiting opportunities for close contact and are asking donors to attempt 6 feet of distance between yourselves. 

In Center, you will notice that we are assisting this request by increasing separations between EDQ stations, Medical History booths, donor lines and  donor beds.   

Coronavirus (COVID-19):  Latest Update from BioLife Plasma Centers


Our donor and staff safety are always our top priority at BioLife Plasma.  We understand you may have questions and concerns regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).      

As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of our staff, donors and our communities, we are carefully monitoring this evolving situation.    BioLife Plasma and our parent company Takeda Pharmaceuticals continue to monitor the situation closely through information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other government and health agencies around the world in order to keep everyone safe and well informed.    

Based on current guidance, BioLife Plasma will continue to welcome donors into our collection centers and operate according to normal business hours.  Every day, thousands of people with rare and chronic diseases rely on the therapies produced from the plasma we collect.

To give you peace of mind, we want to remind you that BioLife Plasma has set the standard for cleanliness in the industry.   We have the following health and safety protocols in place.

 

March 18, 2020 Update

 
In addition to the health and safety protocols noted below in the gray box, the following changes are being made within our centers immediately:
  • Repeat donors will go straight to donor screening and have their temperature taken upon arrival.   If an individual has a high temperature, we will not be performing a 2nd temperature retake and the donor will receive a 14 day deferral.
  • Only those individuals donating will be allowed in the center until further notice. All others will need to remain outside of the facility.
  • Centers will clean donor high touch areas (counters, chairs, computers, door handles) at least twice a day.
  • Exam staff will wear gloves and face shields during hands-on physical exams.
In our centers:
  • Our staff is trained in OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens, Good Laboratory Practices and proper lab hygiene.
  • Centers follow FDA reviewed cleaning protocols and are cleaned daily.  Additional cleaning protocols have been implemented in response to the current COVID-19 situation.
  • Additional cleaning protocols have been implemented for donor beds, counter tops and other high touch areas.  Disinfectants are being used to further reduce any potential contaminants.
‚ÄčAdditionally, our staff will be following the procedures noted below:
  • Center staff will not report to work if sick.
  • Staff will wash hands for a minimum of 20 seconds & use approved hand sanitizer. 
  • Proper cough and sneeze etiquette (cough or sneeze into  upper sleeve or tissue, not the hands) will be followed.
  • They will avoid close contact with people who are sick outside of the center.
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed/unsanitized hands.
  • Refrain from shaking hands and hugging/kissing when meeting someone.
In accordance with guidance from health officials, we urge all of our donors not to donate when sick and to contact your physician’s office for direction about testing and treatment.    

We also encourage our donors to practice good hand hygiene as it is crucial to avoid the spread of germs.    Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer when soap is not available.     

To learn more about protecting yourself from COVID-19, visit the CDC website at cdc.gov/coronavirus.
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