All over the world, people rely on plasma protein to treat rare and chronic diseases. The donation of plasma is often called "the gift of life" because it is the base material needed to create therapies for thousands of people living with bleeding disorders, immune deficiency disorders, emphysema, burns, rabies, tetanus, dialysis and organ transplants, among other medical conditions. You can donate plasma in more than 450 licensed plasma collection centers in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Plasma donated for money, however, will be used for pharmaceuticals, rather than for direct human transfusion.
Part 1 Preparing to Donate Plasma
- 1Make sure you are a good candidate for plasma donation. Are you in generally good health? Do you already donate blood? If you answered 'yes' to both of these, you're likely a good candidate for plasma donation, although you will only be able to confirm your eligibility for donation on site at a plasma collection center. If you would like to donate, discuss this with your physician who will be able to advise you further on your candidacy.
- Because plasma that is paid for is not used for human transfusions, it is likely that plasma centers will accept plasma from any and all plasma types.
- In addition to getting the okay from your physician, you will also need to meet some minimum requirements on behalf of the plasma donation centers (see Step 3).
- 2Be aware that donating plasma is completely safe. Plasma donation in certified collection centers takes place in a highly controlled, clean environment by professionally trained medical staff.
- All equipment used for plasma collections is sterilized. Moreover, any equipment that comes into contact with you is used only once to eliminate the possible transmission of viral infections.
- Donating plasma is low-risk and has minimal and often no side effects. These minimal side effects include feelings of faintness or bruising from the needle. If you exhibit any other side effects after donating plasma, you should consult your physician and let the donation center know.
- 3Meet the requirements for donor eligibility. There are a number of eligibility requirements that you need to meet in order to donate your plasma. However, it is important to note that ultimately whether or not you are eligible is at the discretion of the particular plasma collection center you visit. Eligibility requirements include:
- Age - You must be at least 18 years old.
- Weight - You should weigh at least 110 pounds or 50 kilograms.
- Medical exam - You must pass a medical exam.
- Medical history - You must complete an extensive medical history screening.
- Testing - You must test as non-reactive for transmissible viruses (such as hepatitis and HIV).
- Diet - You should follow a recommended diet that includes 50 - 80 grams of protein every day.