(WXYZ) – Saint Joseph Mercy’s Health System treats the first COVID-19 patient admitted to the hospital in Ann Arbor hospital with plasma donated by someone who has recovered from the virus.

This procedure is part of the Mayo Clinic Coordinated Expansion Program for the Healing Plasma Program.

Eleven patients Joe was among the first 200 patients nationally registered for the trial which will cover more than 1,000 hospitals across the country.

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, St. St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, St. Mary Mercy Livonia and Mercy Health Muskegon participated.

“Early participation in this program was partly due to our strong oncology research program, which gave us the ability to quickly develop our plasma program to respond in the hope of helping to advance treatment for COVID-19 as soon as possible,” said Anurag Malani, MD, medical director , Infection Prevention and Control, Saint Joseph Mercy’s Health System, which serves as the Chief Investigator. “Our focus now is to spread the word to those who have used COVID to donate their plasma for use in this program.”

Officials say that in some other illnesses caused by viruses, giving people a portion of blood fluid, obtained from those who have recovered from the virus, leads to a faster increase in disease.

St Joseph Mercy’s official said it was not known whether this treatment would or would not help with COVID-19 or if it would have a harmful effect. This program will help researchers gather important information about patients who receive care.

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