What is blood?
Blood is the fluid that travels through the human body.
Blood carries oxygen, carbon dioxide, nutrients and waste products throughout the body and helps defend against infection.
Blood is made up of:
RED BLOOD CELLS carry oxygen.
PLATELETS help blood clot.
WHITE BLOOD CELLS fight infections and boost the immune system.
PLASMA is the liquid component of blood.
What is plasma?
Plasma is a straw-colored liquid that carries the red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and other nutrients, hormones, waste products and proteins throughout our bodies.
Plasma is made up of:
Water (between 90% and 92%)
Proteins and Clotting Factors (8%)
Small amounts of salts, glucose (blood sugar) and lipids
How is plasma collected?
Plasma is collected through a special process called plasmapheresis. This is a special process that separates your plasma from the blood and collects it in a bottle. The uncollected parts of the blood, including red blood cells and white blood cells, are returned back to the donor. We use a high tech device that safely and quickly collects the plasma. All supplies are disposable, opened in front of you and only used once. A single needle is inserted into a vein in the donor's arm as the donor relaxes in one of our collection beds. The entire donation process takes around 40 minutes.
Is it safe to donate plasma?
Thousands of people safely donate plasma every day. All of the materials that come into contact with your blood are sterile, opened in your presence and only used once before being disposed. The specialized equipment that is used to collect your plasma never comes into contact with your blood.