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A plasma donation allows you to give a specific part of your blood and help certain types of patients. Plasma helps patients with massive blood loss, which can be caused by injuries sustained in serious motor vehicle accidents, childbirth complications and severe burns. A plasma donation also helps those with clotting disorders and rare blood diseases.
What is plasma?
Plasma is the liquid portion of blood that suspends the red blood cells, platelets and other cells within our bloodstream. This blood component contains hundreds of different proteins and critical substances, like clotting factors and electrolytes needed for our bodies to function normally.
During a plasma donation, a special machine removes the plasma from your blood and returns the other components to your body, along with saline, while you rest comfortably.
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Schedule your plasma donation online by clicking the Schedule Now button below and selecting ‘plasma’ in our online scheduler:
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Plasma is 95% of total blood volume
Plasma contains critical elements to keep us healthy
Blood Type AB donors are the universal plasma donors
General blood donor eligibility guidelines apply to plasma donors. A Vitalant professional is happy to answer any questions you may have about plasma donation.
Please note: Donors who were previously pregnant are tested for HLA antibodies as the presence of these antibodies could put a patient at risk for Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI). As long as no HLA antibodies are present, we happily welcome previously pregnant donors!
The ideal blood types for plasma donations are donors with Blood Types AB+ and AB-. Donors with these blood types are called universal plasma donors because their plasma can go to any patient.
In times of urgent need or when plasma inventories have been depleted, donors with other blood types may be asked to donate plasma to help patients.
Plasma donors can give every 28 days.
Some Vitalant centers have special plasma programs that allow for more frequent donation. Please check with your local Vitalant center to see if these programs are available in your region.
"You can help people in so many different situations. It’s a crucial part of saving someone’s life. If it wasn’t for the plasma I was given, I would have died. Blood donors do an amazing thing when you look at what their donations achieve."
survivor of motor vehicle accident
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