Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood, carrying vital nutrients and containing critical clotting factors. Plasma donors can give every four weeks. Blood type AB is the universal plasma type.
Plasma is used to treat patients with bleeding disorders, burn victims, organ transplants and premature infants.
If you have been pregnant or received a blood transfusion, we ask you to donate double red cells or whole blood. The reason for this is to reduce the risk of a serious transfusion reaction in patients known as TRALI.
If you have not been pregnant or received a tranfusion and meet the requirements for donating blood, you probably can give plasma. Plasma donors must not have taken aspirin or medication containing aspirin 48 hours prior to donating.
Absolutely! Like all blood donations, all the collection supplies are sterile and single-use and are discarded after each donation. Plasma collections use a smaller needle than a traditional blood donation. You’ll also receive replacement fluid during the donation which will help re-hydrate you.
Blood is drawn from your arm through sterile tubing into a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the blood to separate the components, which vary in weight and density. The plasma is drawn up into a collection bag, while the remaining blood components are returned to you through your other arm.
Depending on your height and weight, the actual plasma donation will take approximately 60 to 90 minutes. During the donation donors have access to free wifi, dvds, music or you may simply sit back and relax while helping save lives.
Call our dedicated apheresis team at 800-707-8483 for more information or to schedule an appointment.