Do you have trouble maintaining an adequate hematocrit level to donate plasma? Low hematocrit is the most common reason that donors are deferred and unable to donate. While it is only a 1 day deferral, it is always frustrating when you are prepared to donate but are unable to make it through the Screening process due to your hematocrit.
During the screening process performed each time prior to donating at B Positive Plasma, your hematocrit levels are checked to ensure that you have a good percentage of blood volume in your red blood cells. This is important because, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the hematocrit level in your blood needs to be at least 38% for women and 39% for men to be suitable to donate blood plasma.
Low levels are often due to iron or Vitamin B deficiencies, which is fortunate because that can be fixed with some minor dietary changes. B Positive Insider is here with some healthy tips on how you can increase your hematocrit level through diet and healthy lifestyle!
Have you made your first appointment to donate at B Positive Plasma or still trying to figure out if our program is right for you? If so, you are probably curious to know what happens when you visit the center for the first time. That is why B Positive Insider is here to walk you through what you will experience at your first donation.
But before we dive into your first visit, let's go over how you should prepare for a successful plasma donation.
Prepare to donate
Hydrate: Drink 8-10 glasses daily to ensure proper hydration before and after your donations
Eat a Healthy Diet: Eat plenty of green, leafy vegetables and lean proteins to boost your iron and protein levels required for donating and avoid eating fatty or fried foods like ice cream or pizza the day before and the day you plan to donate. Foods like these could hinder you from completing a donation or give your plasma a cloudy appearance, and your donation will be destroyed if it is too fatty
Make Healthy Choices: Get 6-8 hours of sleep before your donation, limit your caffeine and alcohol intake and avoid smoking prior to your donation
Are you finished your first-time donor promotion or has it been 30 days since your first visit to a
B Positive Plasma center? Then you are considered a repeat donor, which is just as exciting as being a new donor because our repeat donor compensation and monthly bonuses are just as rewarding! B Positive Insider will share the ways:
Congratulations! You have completed donations at B Positive Plasma and are earning rewards on your reloadable Visa loyalty card. Do you know how to check your account balance for free? Have you set up an account with Paysign to set up a secure pin for debit and search your transaction history? B Positive Insider is here with the answers.