Plasma is a yellowish fluid that makes up more than one-half our total blood volume. Though it is mostly water, plasma also contains proteins and many other important ingredients the body needs.
Like platelets, plasma’s most important job is to help stop bleeding. Plasma is vital for hospital personnel to have on hand in order to treat burn victims and patients battling cancer.
A Plasma Donation
Similar to platelets, plasma can be donated in single or multiple units. Plasma is a crucial component to healing; the more you can give, the greater the impact on a patient who needs it.
A Plasma donation is the ideal donation for:
AB positive and AB negative blood types.
How long does it take?
A plasma donation takes about 1.5 hours to complete from registration to canteen. This time can vary based on the donor.
How often can I donate Plasma?
You can donate plasma every 4 weeks, up to 12 times per year.
Why Donate Plasma?
Plasma is required to heal burns. In a region susceptible to brush fires, plasma always needs to be readily available for our frontline firefighters. Plasma can be stored for up to a year. However, demand is such that LifeStream rarely keeps plasma more than a few days before requested distribution to a local hospital.
Prestige: LifeStream gives plasma donors 2 credits per donation toward your gallon level. By giving 12 times per year, plasma donors can join LifeStream’s exclusive 10-Gallon Donor Club in less than four years.
Scheduling ease: Set aside your “lifesaving time” each month. Third Wednesday of the month at 8 a.m.? Second Saturday each month at noon? Whenever is convenient for you, patients and their loved ones will be grateful for your continued dedication.
Similar to platelets, donors must meet the general whole-blood donation requirements. Prior to any apheresis procedure, LifeStream’s trained apheresis team will evaluate the donor’s total blood volume and vein access to determine if an apheresis donation is possible.