Hey there, awesome life-savers! Now that we're in October and finished the ABCs of plasma educational series, B Positive Insider is here to summarize the alphabet as it relates to the blood plasma universe.
A is for Albumin, an important protein enzyme processed by your liver that repairs and regenerates tissue;
B is for Blood Plasma, the liquid portion of your blood that transports protein and other nutrients through your body;
C is for Clotting Factors, proteins in plasma that control bleeding;
D is for Donor, someone who saves lives with their awesome healthy plasma donation;
E is for Eligibility, the things that make you able to donate plasma, such as living within a 35 mile radius of one of our centers, aged 18-65 years, weighing between 110-400 pounds, and having the appropriate documents;
F is for Factor VIII and IX, important clotting factors for plasma recipients with hemophilia;
G is for Geography, must live within 35 miles of one of our centers;
H is for Hematocrit, which measures the size of and how many red blood cells are in your blood;
I is for Iron, important for your body to make hemoglobin;
J is for Join our program!
K is for K+, or keeping your potassium levels high;
L is for Liquid, which you must drink lots of to be hydrated for donating!
M is for Marrow, the flexible tissue in your bones that makes blood;
N is for Nutrition, because you need a healthy, balanced diet to be a plasma donor!
O is for Oxygen, carried by your blood;
P is for Protein, so important to have good levels of!
Q is for Questions, don't be afraid to ask!
R is for Referrals, you get a bonus when your friends complete their first donation;
S is for Serum, plasma without the clotting factors;
T is for Trauma, your donation helps those experiencing shock, burns and trauma!
U is for Ubiquinone, present in your plasma and provides energy to your organs;
V is for Van Willebrand Disease, an illness that doesn't let blood clot;
W is for White Blood Cells, that fight off infection and boost your immune system;
X is for Factor X, a protein necessary for your platelets to form clots;
Y is for You, are amazing donors!
Z is for "Get those Zzzs!" Adequate sleep and rest is important when donating.