Blood is made up of three main components:
- 1. Red blood cells
- 2. White blood cells
- 3. Plasma
Anyone at least 18 years of age and who weighs at least 110 pounds can donate plasma. All individuals who donate plasma must pass a brief medical examination.
Plasmapheresis is the process of removing whole blood and separating red blood cells from plasma using a specialized sterile medical equipment. The red blood cells are then returned to you and the plasma is retained for use in producing medical therapies. There is a single use sterile set up package used for each donor, which is discarded after each donation.
Donating plasma is similar to donating blood. A needle is placed in an arm vein and blood goes through special plasmapheresis equipment. The medical instrument separates your plasma from your red blood cells. Your red blood cells are returned to you using the same needle. Any and all material that comes into contact with your blood during plasmapheresis is sterile and single-use.
Worldwide, the total demand for plasma by fractionators (pharmaceutical companies who further manufacture human plasma into life-saving therapies) exceeds 20 million liters. One donation is about half to three quarters of a liter. Hundreds, if not thousands, of donations of plasma are needed every year to provide therapy for each patient. You can expect to donate 500 to 800 ml per visit.
The first visit is longer due to the medical exam and answering extensive medical questions. This visit can take one to two hours. Routine plasmapheresis visits usually take about 45 minutes to an hour.
To ensure your safety every time you visit the center, your blood level (hematocrit) and protein will be tested along with your blood pressure, pulse and body temperature.
No. On your first donation, your blood type will be found.
No. Plasma donations are made in a highly controlled, sterile environment by professionally trained staff. All plasma collection equipment is sterilized and equipment that comes in contact with a donor's blood or plasma is used only once, eliminating the possibility of transmitting any viral infection.
Every donor receives compensation for the time they take to donate. We appreciate your commitment and the time and effort required to donate for us and we want to compensate you for that.
Based on the results of testing and your antibody level, you will be contacted in 7 to 10 days. We will let you know if you qualify for plasma donation and make arrangements for your first donation.
We are located at 649 Second Street Pike, Suite C Southampton PA 18996.