ABCs of plasma: "O" is for "Oxygen", "P" is for "Protein" - B Positive Plasma

ABCs of plasma: "O" is for "Oxygen", "P" is for "Protein"

Hey there! B Positive Insider here to tell you all about oxygen and protein as they relate to your plasma donation in this next installment of the ABCs of plasma! 

Oxygen is carried throughout your body by red blood cells. Because your red blood cells are returned to you during the donation process, oxygen doesn't exist in the plasma you provide. However, sometimes we are unable to return your blood to you, which results in a red blood cell loss, or RBC loss. Unfortunately when this happens, you are deferred for 8 weeks; just as in a whole blood donation.  

One of the many reasons we defer for this amount of time is because you lost many red blood cells that can't carry oxygen your body needs throughout the circulatory system, and it is very dangerous for your health if you donate before those 8 weeks. To avoid this happenstance, make sure you do all you need to do to prepare for your best donation every time! 

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Protein is critically important to your plasma donation for two reasons: researchers need high protein levels to replicate enzymes and hormones in life-saving therapies, and it helps you feel healthy and well! Your blood, cartilage, muscles, bones, and even skin need protein, rendering it a macronutrient like fat and carbohydrates. Soeat your eggs, nuts, chicken, broccoli, and oats the day before and the day of your donation! 

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Protein is critically important to your plasma donation for two reasons: researchers need high protein levels to replicate enzymes and hormones in life-saving therapies, and it helps you feel healthy and well! Your blood, cartilage, muscles, bones, and even skin need protein, rendering it a macronutrient like fat and carbohydrates. So eat your eggs, nuts, chicken, broccoli, and oats the day before and the day of your donation! 

 

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