Mortality Reduction in ICU-Admitted COVID-19 Patients in Suriname after Treatment with Convalescent Plasma Acquired Via Gravity Filtration

Mortality Reduction in ICU-Admitted COVID-19 Patients in Suriname after Treatment with Convalescent Plasma Acquired Via Gravity Filtration

Review Data

Q: Is the topic relevant to the journal area of interest? Is it contemporary and interesting for


A: Very Good


Abstract & Keywords

Q: Are all required components included in the abstract? Are the keywords appropriately chosen?

A: Good


Comments: Keywords are missing from the manuscript.



Q: Is the goal explicitly stated in the Introduction? Is its formulation clear and unambiguous?

A: Good



Q: Is the paper's structure coherent? Is it in coherence with the goal of the paper?

A: Good


Tools and Methods

Q: Are methods the author uses adequate and well used?

A: Very Good


Discussion & Conclusion

Q: Is it related to the results presented before? Do you consider them as coherent?

A: Good


Comments: The Discussion puts forth the major impact of COVID-19 on health and socio-economy in low to middle-income countries (LMICs). The report highlights the interim results of a non-randomized intervention trial using COVID-19 convalescent plasma obtained via gravity-filtration, mainly among the ICU patients. The Discussion further supports the study comparing the results of the CP patients with that of the control group providing relevant literature. Lastly, the Discussion mentions the limitations of the research. The Conclusion states that access to CP therapy in a low-resource setting can be enabled by the novel filtration device – Hemoclear, which can easily be implemented in the ICU setting and can be used without adverse effects on the donor and the CP recipients.



Q: Does the author utilize relevant literature?

A: Good


Author's knowledge

Q: What is the level of the author’s knowledge? Does the author utilize all recent contributions relevant to the topic?

A: Good



Q: Is the length of the paper adequate to the significance of the topic? Do you suggest shortening the paper without losing its value?

A: Good


Figures & Tables

Q: Does the author use them suitably? Are legend and notations clear?

A: Good


Writing style

Q: Is it clear and understandable?

A: Good


Comments: There are few issues found in the manuscript which are as follows:

·       In Discussion portion of the Abstract, “Both CXR-score… effective indicators of the treatment…” must be “Both CXR-score… effective indicators for the treatment…”.

·       In section, Study Flow Chart, the word “eligible” has been misspelled.

·       In Subpoint, Convalescent Plasma Donor Recruitment, “Trypanosoma cruzi” has been incorrectly written as “Trypanosomi cruzi”.


Further comments on the paper

Comments: The Research article establishes the mortality reduction in ICU-admitted COVID-19 patients in a low-resource setting, followed by treatment with convalescent plasma (CP) acquired via gravity filtration. The manuscript thoroughly discusses the methods involved in the study providing proper study design of the patients, data collection, convalescent plasma donor recruitment and plasma preparation procedure. The results further support the research data, illustrating the primary and secondary outcomes of the patients.


Q: Would you recommend this manuscript for further publication?

A: Yes - Suitable to be published

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Author Info

Corresponding Author
Rosita Bihariesingh
Department of Anesthesiology & Intensive Care, Academic Hospital, Paramaribo, Suriname

Article Info

Article Type
Research Article
Publication history
Received: Mon 13, Sep 2021
Accepted: Thu 30, Sep 2021
Published: Sat 16, Oct 2021
© 2023 Rosita Bihariesingh. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Hosting by Science Repository.
DOI: 10.31487/j.ACR.2021.02.03