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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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ABCs of plasma: "M" is for "Marrow", "N" is for "Nutrition"

Hey there! B Positive Insider here to bring you M & N – for "marrow" and "nutrition". 

Bone marrow is the flexible tissue inside your bones and produces red blood cells, in a process called haemopoiesis. Haemopoietic stem cells have the ability to form red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, and these stem cells are sometimes used to treat leukemia, bone marrow failure, lymphoma, and other immune disorders.  

Your plasma donation comes into the picture when one of these diseases causes someone to need a bone marrow transplant. A person may need a transplant because their bone marrow is unable to make blood cells that adequately fight off infection from abnormal cells, so you need to help them with your healthy plasma!  


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ABCs of plasma: "K" is for "K+", "L" is for "Liquid"

Hello again! B Positive Insider here to bring you the letters K and L, for "K+" and "liquid"! 

So, you're probably wondering what "K+" is. Well, it is the element symbol for potassium, and potassium serum exists in your blood to help your nerves and muscles communicate. When someone has low potassium levels it can be dangerous; you may experience nausea, muscle cramps or weakness, dehydration, low blood pressure, and confusion. 

It is very important that you as a donor keep your potassium levels high so that your body can perform at its best after donating several times. You can do this by eating bananas, lean meats, lentils or pinto beans, and drinking soy or animal's milk. A potassium supplement may also be a good idea for some donors. Low potassium levels could also cause irritability, so good potassium levels will keep you happy too! 


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ABCs of plasma: "G" is for "Geography", "H" is for "Hematocrit"!

Hey there! B Positive Insider here to bring you the letters "G" and "H" for "geography" and "hematocrit", respectively.  

Our donors must live within 35 miles of a B Positive Plasma center to be eligible for the program. It's just a good idea to implement for unacceptable address and traveling purposes. We do accept full-time students who live at universities within 35 miles of the centers as long as they bring their student ID with them.  

There is an exception to this requirement: we currently do not accept residents of Washington, D.C. at our College Park location even though our center is six miles from the D.C. border. Only full-time students or military are eligible with ID.  


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ABCs of Plasma: "E" is for "Eligibility", "F" is for "Factors VIII and IX"

Hey there! B Positive Insider here with your next two letters in our alphabet saga: E and F! These letters are pretty exciting because they deliver facts on donor "eligibility" at B Positive Plasma and shed some light on specific clotting factors, specifically "factors VIII and IX", that are normal in your blood plasma, but problematic in people with Hemophilia A and B. 

In order to be eligible to participate in B Positive's program, you must: 

  • Be a healthy adult between 18-65 years; 

  • Weigh 110-400 pounds; 

  • Live within a 35 mile radius of one of B Positive's centers; 

  • Have a valid ID; 

  • Original proof of SSN; 

  • A proof of address, such as a copy of your lease agreement or tax forms, if the address on your ID is not where you currently live; and  

  • Be a full-time student with proof of ID if living at a university within 35 miles of our center if your permanent address is not in the area. 

Certain instances may bar you ineligible to donate plasma, such as pregnancy, recent tattoos or piercings, some international travel, and some medical conditions and medications. Please feel free to contact us anytime, and your questions will be answered by a qualified member of our staff! 


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"C" is for "Clotting Factors", "D" is for "Donor"

Hey there! B Positive Insider here with the next two letters coming at ya: C and D! 

"C" is for clotting factors, which are proteins found in blood plasma that control bleeding. Clotting factors, or coagulants, work together to stop bleeding, so your donations are very important to people who were born without these special clotting factors or developed illnesses that prevent their blood from clotting! Such diseases include people with Hemophilia A; just one person affected by Hemophilia A can use up to 1,237 donations of plasma in a single year of therapy! Additional illnesses that source plasma products coagulate for are Von Willebrand disease and Antithrombin III Deficiency. 


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"A" is for Albumin, "B" is for Blood Plasma!

Hi there! B Positive Insider here to kick off the ABCs of Plasma with the first two letters of the alphabet: A and B!  

"A" is for albumin, an important enzyme located in blood plasma. It is the most common protein in your body, and for good reason! Albumin is 75% normal plasma colloid and 25% protein content, and provides protein to your body necessary for tissue regeneration and repair. Your liver processes it to prevent fluid leaking from your blood vessels and transport vitamins, drugs, hormones, and minerals such as calcium, potassium, and sodium through your body.  

When someone's liver does not produce enough albumin, either from cirrhosis of the liver, hepatitis, or genetic mutations like bisalalbuminemia, he or she experiences a huge decrease in their quality of life. Their bodies are more susceptible to disease, limb swelling, and can't fight infection. People who undergo shock and burns also need source plasma products to elevate their albumin levels. So, when you donate your healthy blood plasma, you are truly saving a life! There are so very many people who need albumin in your plasma to lead healthier and happier lives. 


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The ABCs of Plasma: an introduction

Hi there! This is your B Positive Insider introducing a new series of blog post factoids for the month of September: the ABCs of Plasma! InSeptember we will blog about 26 different facts in 13 posts revolving around the letters of the alphabet. In the spirit of the back-to-school bonus, these posts will educate you about all things B Positive, plasmapheresis, hydration, healthy eating, who your donation helps, and everything in between! 


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Eating before your donation: why is it important?

Hey all, we've been receiving a few inquiries on why and how long before you should eat prior to donating blood plasma, so your B Positive Insider is here to deliver the info. 

Eating lean meats or complex carbohydrates the day before and within 4 hours of your appointment time is crucial because they provide you with protein and necessary nutrients to keep you balanced during the vital screening and donation stages, as well as after your appointment. Because plasmapheresis is a dehydrating process, it is essential to be well-nourished and hydrated to donate safely and quickly.  


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Special Grand Opening August Bonus

B Positive Insider here to tell you it's a new month, which means a brand new bonus! This is our biggest bonus EVER...drumroll please...Earn$50 each for the first 5 donations in August!


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