Donating is more than rewarding. It’s lifesaving.
Want to make a difference in the lives of others? You’ve taken the first step by learning more about becoming a blood plasma donor. Read more about how easy, comfortable, and rewarding your first visit – and every visit – will be.
Here’s what you need to know about plasma and how your donation is collected and used.
What is plasma?
Plasma is the liquid part of your blood that carries red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets through your body. It’s made mostly of water and proteins. Plasma helps your body clot blood, fight infection, and more, and can be easily, naturally restored by your body.
Plasma is an important ingredient in medicines that help people who aren’t as healthy as you. When you donate plasma, you’ll feel good about making a difference and make money and earn rewards at the same time.
How is my plasma collected and used?
Donating plasma is similar to giving blood. A trained staff member called a phlebotomist puts a sterile needle in a vein in your arm so your blood can be drawn into special, sterile equipment.
As your blood cycles through this equipment, the clear plasma is separated from the other parts of your blood. Your plasma is then collected in a container, while the red blood cells and other parts are safely returned to your body. This process is called plasmapheresis.
After your plasma is collected, it is sent to a lab for processing to make sure it is pure and safe to use in life-saving medicines for patients. These plasma-based medicines are used in emergency and trauma care, for bleeding disorders like hemophilia, and to treat people whose bodies have trouble fighting infections.
You make a difference every time you donate plasma. Thank you for helping people live healthier lives!
Is plasma donation safe?
When you donate plasma, your well-being is our first priority. Our trained staff members follow strict guidelines to make sure you’re safe and comfortable throughout the process.
Our plasma centers use sterile materials for every donation. Anything that comes in contact with your blood is used only once. In addition, we clean all plasma collection equipment before every use.