Asked Questions About Donating
How long does it take to donate plasma?
The first time
you come in to donate plasma, an initial screening must be done both for
your safety and for that of the nationīs plasma supply. Most donors will
spend about two hours with us. After that, regular donations take about an
hour. Thatīs all.
How often can I donate?
process of plasmapheresis only the plasma portion of your blood is removed
and must be replaced by your body. Your body naturally replaces this lost
plasma in less than 24 hours. As a result, a healthy adult can safely donate
twice a week (minimum 48 hours between donations).
What are the possible side effects?
donor may become light-headed during donation or immediately after. This is
usually remedied by rehydration and can usually be prevented by making sure
you are well hydrated before donating. Slight bruising at the site of
needle placement is possible, though not common.
Am I at risk for disease in donating plasma?
No. For each
and every donation, a new, sealed, sterile, one-time-use package is used to
collect your plasma. The needle placement site is sterilized. Your blood
never leaves the closed system during the plasmapheresis process.
Are there any special nutrition guidelines for donating?
Common sense is
your best guideline. Follow a well-balanced diet, eat before coming in to
donate. Because you know your body will be losing fluid, drink plenty of