Donating Plasma: What You Need to Know.

Donating plasma has a bad rap. You get paid a small amount to go through the donation process. Donating plasma can be seen as a last minute money making resource, and to be honest it can be. But, donating plasma can also reap benefits some may not know.

What is plasma? 

Plasma is a substance found in our blood. It is clearish/ yellow in color and composed of 90% water. It is the liquid portion of our blood that remains once red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are removed. Plasma helps clot our blood, fight disease, and several other important body functions.

What is plasma donation used for? 

Plasma is used to make medication and therapy for critically ill or chronic medical conditions. Plasma can help treat immunodeficiency, hemophilia, genetic lung diseases, trauma, burns, and shock.  Understand that your plasma donation can help save lives.

How long can the donation process take? 

The plasma donation can take anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on the wait at the donation center and your hydration level.

How much can you make? 

This varies based on the center, but i’ve noticed you can make anywhere from 20-75 dollars per donation.

How often can you donate? 

Federal regulations state that you can only donate twice per week and there has to be 24 hours in between donations.

What happens during a donation? 

When you arrive at the center for the first time you will be primed on the donation process, you will receive a physical, and be asked numerous health question to ensure your plasma can be donated. After your first donation, your process should run more smoothly. You will be asked some questions, get your finger pricked to have your blood tested for protein and iron levels, have your temperature, blood pressure, and pulse taken, and then be escorted onto the donor floor. Once you arrive on the donor floor you will be stuck with a needle that will seperate your plasma from the rest of your blood. The remaining blood elements (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets) will be returned to your body.

Tips: 

  • Get there early in case there is a line.

  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

  • Don’t drink caffeinated beverages before donations, as they can elevate your blood pressure and heart rate.

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5 Comments

  1. This is very interesting! I never heard of donating plasma but I have donated blood in the past. Anything to help save another person’s life is worth the donation.

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