Hyderabad: Five coronavirus positive patients at Gandhi Hospital have received Convalescent Plasma (CP) therapy, as part of the countrywide clinical trials being spearheaded by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to ascertain the efficacy of the therapy.
In the health bulletin on Wednesday, Director of Public Health and Family Welfare Dr G Srinivas Rao said after completion of the CP therapy, the five patients reported clinical improvement.
“As part of ICMR clinical trials, five patients from Telangana were given plasma transfusion based on ICMR protocols. The therapy was introduced to the patients when their oxygen saturation levels dropped below 84 per cent. Two sessions of CP transfusions were given to each of the five patients and after completion of therapy, all the five patients have reported clinical improvement,” Dr Srinivas Rao said.
One patient has already been discharged while three patients are no longer oxygen-dependent and another patient is under intermittent dependency on CP therapy. The plasma was collected from five recovered patients, who volunteered for the donation.
Health officials said that so far 75 dialysis cycles have been provided to Covid-19 positive patients at the exclusive dialysis facility in Gandhi Hospital.
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