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Our main goal is to ensure the safety of our donors and the blood products that they donate. Prospective donors are required to visit our center to speak with a member of our medical staff to determine eligibility. During the screening process we will evaluate your medical history and any medications you are taking to determine your eligibility to donate. Unfortunately, we are unable to assess your overall health status and donor eligibility remotely.
After your donation we recommend drinking plenty of fluids and eating a snack of light meal. Avoid smoking cigarettes and consuming alcohol after your donation. Keep the needle site clean and dry and keep the bandage on for at least 2-3 hours. If bleeding persists, raise your arm above your heart and apply pressure. If fainting or dizziness occurs, lie down and ask someone sip a cold beverage (non-diet sodas and juices are best) and place a cool towel on your neck and forehead. If any symptoms persist, contact our facility and ask to speak with one of our medical staff. If one or more symptoms are severe, you should seek professional medical attention as soon as possible.
Drink 8-10 glasses of water per day to ensure your are well-hydrated. Eat a well-balanced meal within two hours of your donation appointment. Avoid fatty, greasy foods and significant amounts of dairy. You will not be compensated for fatty donations of plasma, this can be avoided through a healthy diet. Maintaining a healthy diet and drinking plenty of non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages the day before and the day of donating is very important. Prior to your donation, we recommend avoiding strenuous exercise, alcohol consumption, and smoking.
All donors must present a valid, current (not expired) government or state issued photo identification such as a driver’s license, residency card, or passport. You must also provide proof of your Social Security number in its entirety. Your original Social Security card is preferred but if you do not have one we can also accept a W2, 1040 or other legal document with your full name, Social Security number and current address. We cannot accept copies of Social Security cards.
You must also provide proof of your current, local residence within 35 miles of your B Positive location if your photo identification does not have your current address listed. The following documents are acceptable for proof of address and must include your full name and date: a utility bill, bank or credit card statement dated within the last 3 months; a copy of your current lease or mortgage; a piece of mail postmarked within the last 30 days (please bring the postmarked envelope). Some exceptions may apply to the donor residence proximity requirement, such as being a college student or being military personnel. Contact your local center if you have questions about documentation.
This information is also required if you have not donated at B Positive Plasma in more than 6 months.
If you are a return (repeat donor) the process takes around 90 minutes depending on the wait time. A first time donor can expect to be at the center for approximately two and a half hours, in order to complete paperwork and undergo a required medical screening.
All donor information is safely secured at all times. All test results are kept strictly confidential, unless the donor gives permission to share them or we are required to do so by law. Donors will be notified by our management team or medical professionals regarding the finding of any adverse test results.
To ensure the safety of the plasma supply, every donation is tested for hepatitis and HIV. Periodic tests for syphilis, atypical antibodies and other abnormalities are also performed. To keep our donors healthy, every time they visit our center to donate we test their protein and red blood cell levels (hematocrit), along with their blood pressure, pulse, weight, and temperature. All test results are kept strictly confidential, unless the donor gives permission to share it or we are required to do so by law. Donors will be notified by our management team or medical professionals regarding the finding of any adverse test results. Please note that B Positive Plasma does not test for blood type.
- Be between the ages of 18 and 65. Donors become ineligible as of their 66th birthday.
- Weigh between 110 and 400 pounds
- Live within 35 miles of their B Positive Plasma location
First-time donors* must provide the following documentation:
- Valid government issued photo ID (cannot be expired)
- Original Social Security Card or acceptable alternative
- Proof of current address within 35 miles of a B Positive Plasma location
Eligibility to participate in our program is determined during your first donation appointment. Select a and schedule to get started.
*This information is also required if you have not donated at B Positive Plasma in more than 6 months.
The first donation is primarily used for testing to ensure the safety and quality your 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. It is important to remember that plasma is not a substance that can be synthetically created in a lab. Donors are needed to help supply pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and research facilities with the plasma they need to save lives.
Whole blood donation and plasma donation meet very different needs in the community and medical world. Donating whole blood involves the collection of red blood cells, in addition to plasma and platelets. Whole blood donors can only donate one pint of blood every 56 days in accordance with FDA guidelines.
Donating plasma involves removing and keeping the liquid component of blood while returning the red blood cells and other blood components back to the donor’s body using a specialized process called plasmapheresis. The process of donating plasma does take longer because blood components must be separated and returned to the body. This is why donors are capable of donating more frequently – plasma donors can donate as often as twice a week (but not two days in a row).
Blood is made up of three main components: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. Plasma is the yellow, liquid portion of blood that serves as the carrier for cells and other minor blood components. Plasma is primarily composed of water and is needed for its dissolved proteins, clotting factors and various antibodies.