Want To Know More About Donating Plasma?

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What Is Plasma?

Plasma contains salts, enzymes, proteins, antibodies, and water. Plasma’s main function is to transport these necessary nutrients to the rest of the body.

- Bleeding Disorders - Immunodeficiency Disorder  - Alpha-1 Antitrypsin - Dialysis, Rabies, Tetanus, Organ Transplants, and Rh Incompatibilities

Why Do Some People Need Plasma Donations?

Minimum Plasma Donation Requirements

– Must be 18 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds – Be able to pass a physical exam and medical screening – Be healthy (absence of infectious diseases) – Must not have deficiencies (iron, hemoglobin, blood) – Have a clean medical history: Your medical history must not include any blood-related ailments. – Be a citizen (owning a photo ID, passport, or social security card)

Process of Donating Plasma

If you meet the donation requirements, the next step is to find a collection center. There are over 780 licensed plasma collection centers across the U.S, Canada, and Europe.

Medical Screening

If you show up and don’t meet the requirements to make a donation, the center may give you a deferral. A temporary deferral can mean that you are currently ill or have a temporary deficiency of some sort. 

Medical Consultation and Examination

This medical screening will include a urine test, reflex check, heart rate analysis, finger pricking, and examination of your arms, hands, and elbows. If you successfully pass the medical examinations and screenings, you will be eligible to make a donation.

Does Donating Plasma Hurt?

Most people agree that giving plasma feels similar to being stung by a bee. The process, in general, is similar to dialysis.

Here are a few simple tips to properly prepare for your first appointment: 

– Consume 6-8 cups of water or electrolyte juice before your appointment. – At least 3 hours before your donation, consume a protein-rich and iron-rich meal. – Do not consume fatty foods such as french fries, pizza, or potato chips. This will make your plasma milky. – Do not drink alcohol before your donation. – Have a good night’s rest.

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