Skip to main content

Military Health System

U.S. Naval Hospital Guam Collects Convalescent Plasma from Sailors

Image of Technician takes notes next to convalescent plasma samples. U.S. Naval Hospital Guam Hospitalman Apprentice Rebekah Morrison records the weight of convalescent plasma units collected from Sailors who recovered from COVID-19. (U.S. Navy Photo by Jaciyn Matanane/Released)

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus & the MHS Response | Coronavirus & the MHS Response

The COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Collection Program (CCP) is a Department of Defense effort to collect 10,000 units of convalescent plasma donated by members of the military community who have recovered from the disease. Convalescent plasma will be used to treat critically ill patients and to support the development of an effective treatment against the disease. Eligible donors should contact the Armed Services Blood Program at: https://www.militaryblood.dod.mil/Donors/COVID-19andBloodDonation.aspx to find a complete list of available collection centers.

U.S. Naval Hospital Guam began collecting COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) May 31 in support of the Department of Defense (DOD) effort to develop therapeutics to support active duty readiness.

USNH Guam coordinated a four-day evolution with Naval Base Guam at the hospital’s Armed Services Blood Bank Center to collect the CCP, which is the liquid part of blood from patients who have recovered from an infection. Recovered COVID-19 patients have virus-specific antibodies that may help those currently fighting COVID-19 recover and keep those who are moderately ill from becoming seriously ill. While there is currently no approved treatment for COVID-19, CCP has been successfully used to counter other viral infections and may help fight this new virus.

During the four-day event, CCP units were collected from 138 volunteers, all Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt, who have fully recovered from COVID-19. Their donations will help the larger effort of working towards a possible treatment for COVID-19 and may help others fight the disease.

“We had a 4-day window to recruit and screen volunteer donors, and to collect, manufacture, and test these products,” said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Stephanie Golla, USNH Guam Blood Bank Donor Center department head and Area Joint Blood program officer. “This resulted in the collection of over 200 convalescent plasma units that will be available for transfusion.”

USNH Guam screened all volunteer donors to determine whether they met the eligibility requirements outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To be eligible, a donor must be in good health, fully recovered from COVID-19, and meet other specific criteria, such as having a documented positive test.

“We are grateful for their willingness to donate,” said Golla. “This would not have been possible without them.”

Golla expressed that the USS Theodore Roosevelt sailors, with their display of courage and mental fortitude in this endeavor, are exemplary models of our fighting force.

“It feels good to be a part of this process by having a purpose other than being quarantined,” said Navy Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Charles Curry. “I feel grateful for the time USNH Guam staff have taken out of their lives to help us.”

USNH Guam collected CCP to serve in the production of antibody therapeutics and treatment for its service members and beneficiaries infected with the virus. DOD’s efforts to make treatment available at its health care facilities support its mission of a medically ready force.

“This process shows we are step a closer to home and ready to get back to a new normal,” said Curry.

You also may be interested in...

VAX Fact Affect Fertility

Infographic
4/19/2021
VAX Fact Affect Fertility

An infographic answering the question of whether the COVID-19 vaccine affects a person's fertility.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine | Coronavirus & the MHS Response | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

Appenzeller emphasizes: Get COVID-19 vaccine, no matter where

Article
4/16/2021
Military personnel explaining forensic equipment

The DHA’s Combat Support assistant director had some direct and encouraging words about the military’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout to date.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine | Coronavirus & the MHS Response | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Tele-critical care will play increased COVID-19 response role in 2021

Article
4/15/2021
Infographic that says "202 tele-critical care successes will help 2021 COVID19 response"

Virtual health and particularly tele-critical care for critically ill patients assumed frontline roles in sustaining care while keeping beneficiaries and health care teams safe.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus & the MHS Response

Join Us!! Third COVID-19 Townhall Update with Major General George Appenzeller!

Article
4/13/2021
MHS and Military OneSource COVID-19 Townhall, with Major General (Dr.) George N. Appenzeller.  Wednesday, 14 April, 1 PM ET

Join us for the MHS' Third COVID-19 Townhall with Major General George Appenzeller

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus & the MHS Response | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

DOD surpasses 2 million COVID-19 vaccines worldwide

Article
4/9/2021
Military health personnel wearing a face mask and a face shield giving the COVID-19 vaccine

The DOD hit the 2 million mark for vaccinations worldwide just a month after the 1 million milestone.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus & the MHS Response | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Public health remains an integral part in the fight against COVID

Article
4/9/2021
Infographic featuring health personnel wearing face shields and mask with "National Public Health Week" across the top of the picture

The pandemic has highlighted a need to provide more advanced training on infection prevention and control.

Recommended Content:

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention | Public Health | Coronavirus & the MHS Response | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Children’s well-being contributes immeasurably to force readiness

Article
4/6/2021
Military personnel wearing face mask in the back of a truck

The Defense Health Agency joins in celebrating military children during Month of the Military Child, observed in April, and always.

Recommended Content:

Children's Health | Coronavirus & the MHS Response | Month of the Military Child - Celebrating Military Kids

Telemedicine advances put to the test during pandemic

Article
4/1/2021
Uniformed service member stands behind wall of computer screens

COVID-19 has led to the need for physical distancing and has overwhelmed the capacities of health systems, compelling many to adopt telehealth solutions.

Recommended Content:

Health Care Technology | Research and Innovation | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine | Coronavirus & the MHS Response | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Lovell FHCC staff steps up to create formidable COVID-19 team

Article
3/30/2021
Military health personnel preparing to administer the COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccination effort at the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Illinois, has brought out the best in staff.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus & the MHS Response | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

DOD healthcare leaders give COVID-19 update, praise DHA personnel

Article
3/30/2021
Picture of Director Army Lt. Gen. (Dr. Ronald Place providing a COVID-19 update at  the Pentagon

Dr. Terry Adirim and Army Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Ronald Place provide update on COVID-19 vaccination progress and offer thanks to MHS workers for their contributions.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus & the MHS Response | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Dover Air Force Base features ‘Park ‘N Pickup’ pharmacy

Article
3/26/2021
Picture of prescription sitting on a counter

Due to the increased need for patient safety, the 436th Medical Group pharmacy at Dover Air Force Base has implemented a Park ‘N Pickup process.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus & the MHS Response | Patient Safety

TAB A MEO COVID19 Medical Coding Policy

Policy

Memorandum for DHA Staff - Military Medical Treatment Facilities to Implement Updated DHA COVID-19 Medical Coding Policy

DHA COVID19 Medical Coding PolicyV5 1v

Policy

Establishes the DHA procedures to standardize the coding for Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) within military medical treatment facilities (MTFs). This memorandum replaces DHA-Policy Memorandum 20-003 of July 1, 2020. Attachment 1 was updated to include the 2021 procedure and diagnosis codes for COVID-19, including the new vaccination and treatment codes.

DHA Form 207: COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Immunization Document, v22

Form/Template
3/25/2021

The purpose of this form is to determine if the COVID-19 vaccine can be administered to the patient. (v22, Sept. 2022)

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus & the MHS Response | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine | COVID-19 Information for Military Treatment Facility Directors

Eight nations participate in West African virtual pandemic exercise

Article
3/24/2021
Picture of military personnel wearing a face mask looking at a laptop computer

Medical experts from six African nations, the United Kingdom and the United States, participated in a Virtual Pandemic Preparation and Response Engagement exercise.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus & the MHS Response | Global Health Engagement | Partners
<< < ... 6 7 8 9 10  ... > >> 
Showing results 136 - 150 Page 10 of 25
Refine your search
Last Updated: August 23, 2022
Follow us on Instagram Follow us on LinkedIn Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on YouTube Sign up on GovDelivery