In this post, we are going to discuss What is Plasma, the need for Plasma and the importance of donating the Plasma.
What is Plasma?
Plasma is one of the components of blood. Actually, the blood has many components such as platelets, white blood cells, red blood cells and other components at a cellular level. While these components usually form the blood. And the Plasma is also one of those blood components. While the Plasma will be in a straw-colored liquid form and around 55 percent of the human blood is with Plasma. Furthermore, the Plasma is a straw-colored liquid that is made up of; enzymes, antibodies, salt, water and other similar proteins. Check below to know the importance of Plasma and why we need Plasma.
Why do you need Plasma?
To get to know the importance of Plasma, first of all, we have to the various functions that Plasma carries out in our day-to-day lives.
1. 90% of water constitute with the plasma and hence it is a very vital source of the commute for the cells. Also, the plasma is very important to other essential substances the human body needs.
2. While the Plasma deals with the pivotal conditions such as Fighting Diseases, Blood Clotting, and other major functions.
3. Furthermore, the people who are suffering from cancer, including leukemia, need plasma transfusions.
4. Also, plasma is very important for the people who are undergoing liver or bone marrow transplants and patients with severe burns.
Here let us discuss what is Plasma donation and its types. There are two kinds of plasma donations and they are:
1. Source Plasma:
It is the process where your Plasma is collected through a process called as Plasmapheresis. While the Plasmapheresis is an automated, sterile and self-contained process that is used to collect the plasma. And in the process, the plasma will be separated from the red blood cells and other cellular components. And then these components (barring plasma) is then transfused back to the donor on a real-time. Then the plasma is used for the further processing of it which is called as the Fractionation. And as you are a donor, you will earn a compensation for your time and generosity.
2. Recovered plasma:
Recovered plasma is one of the plasma donation procedure where the blood of a donor is collected. .Then from the collected blood, the cellular components will be separated. And then it is sent to the further process and can be used for the Fractionation.
Why is donating Plasma is so important for us?
Now we will discuss why is donating the plasma is very important for us. It is very important to donate plasma if you are an eligible person as you can save a life. And in the US which is the 3rd most populous nation in the world, many eligible people donate their blood or source plasma.
Plasma is very crucial for everyone but we can share them with the person who is in a need of it. If we have in excess or if we are eligible to share plasma then we can actually donate the blood or the source plasma to the people who are in a need of it. With this, you can actually save a life and there is no greater joy than saving lives and making a difference. While the plasma you donate will be used to create therapies that can treat a variety of conditions and diseases. Now let us discuss the various types of plasma protein therapies that are actually manufactured from source plasma:
The Clotting Factors are extracted from the plasma that actually help those who are suffering from bleeding disorders. For example, let us hemophilia, in this scenario, the blood will not clot properly and subsequently, minor injuries could, potentially, be fatal.
Immunoglobulin or IVIG:
We almost face many Primary Immune Deficiency Disorders. While in this pathetic situation, our immune system will not work properly and will not respond to traditional antibiotics. And the people who are without IVIG (Intravenous Immunoglobulin) are always susceptible to injuries.
The Alpha-1 genetic term is emphysema. It is a condition where even the children or adults will have the lung diseases. And also the children can face some liver issues also. While this is hereditary and you can thank your parents for passing on the buck to you.
While it is one of the vital types of plasma i.e. is very helpful for the treatment of burns, trauma patients, and surgical patients
These globulins are very much used to treat rabies, tetanus; patients on dialysis; and patients undergoing an organ transplant. Also, the Plasma is very important while treating a pregnant woman with Rh incompatibility.
Are you Eligible to be a Plasma Donor?
Here we will discuss how to know whether you are eligible to be a plasma donor or not. Before donating the plasma, first of all, you have to know whether you are eligible to donate or not. For this, you have to visit a plasma collection center to determine if you are eligible to donate at all. While the eligibility of your’s is very important as your safety (as a donor) and the safety of the therapies made from the plasma you’ve donated depends on it.
A plasma donor should fulfill these criteria:
- You should be at least 18 years old·
- And you must weigh at least 110 pounds (50 kilograms).
- Also, you have to pass the medical examination.
- Then you have to complete the screening of extensive medical history.
- Also, you have to test yourself for any Transmissible viruses non-reactive including HIV and hepatitis.
- And you need to follow a recommended diet which includes fifty to eighty grams of daily protein.
Things to know before donating plasma
- You must drink a lot of water and you must hydrate your body.
- Also, you have to inform the donation center if you recently had any surgery.
- And you have to inform if you got a tattoo or a piercing in the last 12 months
- Furthermore, you must also inform them if you are under any sort of medication.
How will you donate plasma?
Go to any closest plasma collection center which you can check it here with this link http://www.donatingplasma.org/donation/find-a-donor-center.
- You must have the proof of your local address
- Also, you need to provide the Social Security or Border Crossing ID
- And you must provide any current photo I.D. of yours.
- There at the plasma donation center, a receptionist will validate your I.D.
- And if it’s your first time, they will examine you physically.
- Also, they will take your blood sample to check your protein and hematocrit levels.
- Then you have to complete a Donor History Questionnaire.
They conduct the following steps:
- They will draw the blood from you.
- Then they separate the Plasma from your blood sample.
- After that, they will infuse the red blood cells into your body.
It takes about 2 hours to complete the donation process. And for that, you will also receive a compensation as a token of thanks.
Your Health and Safety Comes First
Here at the plasma donation centers, they will provide you the best safety and health care. All equipment’s and materials that are used for the process are use-and-throw. While the staff of the donation center are professionals to facilitate the proceedings. Also, the Government and the International Quality Plasma Program regulates these Plasma donations and all companies must adhere. While independent auditors frequently visit the Plasma Collection Centers for any inspections and also to check the standards of the centers.
For more information on this, you can visit: http://www.donatingplasma.org/international-quality-plasma-program.
How to find a Plasma Donating center
It is very easy to find a Plasma Donating center. While there are many collection centers in the United States. Some of which are ADMA BioCenters, BioLife Plasma Services, CSL Plasma, EUROPLASMA s.r.o., GCAM Plasma, Inc., Octapharma Plasma Inc.
It is very simple and easy to find a Plasma Collection Center. You can follow the below steps to find the nearest Plasma Donating center for you.
- You can follow the link i.e. http://www.donatingplasma.org/component/storelocator/?view=map&Itemid=166
- Then you have to enter your City, State or Zip Code
- Also, you can search by the name of the center.
- While here you can get the nearest Plasma Donating center by choosing the proximity of the center by selecting the Radius in options of 10, 25, 50, 90 & 125 miles.
- And in the categories, you can choose IQPP certified because IQPP is what sets the standard for Plasma Donations.
- Then you can actually, click on the search button.
- By clicking the search button you will get a list of nearer Plasma Donating centers for you.
- From that list, you can choose any of the centers that are most convenient for you.
- While you can visit the plasma donation center guide to learn more about it.
Hope you are now having clarity about the plasma donation. If you are having any queries then you can ask us via the comment section. And we are always there to help you out. Cheers!