How is my plasma used? - B Positive Today

How is my plasma used?

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The first donation is primarily used for testing to ensure the safety and quality of the donor’s plasma. The first donation can only be used for life-saving medical therapies after a second donation is made, and both donations come back from testing with negative results in accordance with the standards set forth by the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA). Once we have two or more donations, the plasma will be used to produce life-saving therapies. These therapies can provide treatment to patients with conditions such as hemophilia and immune system deficiencies, and to help treat and prevent diseases like tetanus, rabies, measles, hepatitis B, and rubella. In addition, hospitals and emergency rooms all over the world use plasma-derived products to treat injuries such as shock and severe burns. Worldwide, the annual demand for plasma exceeds twenty million liters. One donation results in the collection of .66 liters to .88 liters of plasma (dependent upon the donor’s weight). It is important to remember that plasma is not a substance that can be synthetically created in a lab. We need donors to help supply hospitals and research facilities with the plasma they need to save lives.


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