Plasma is used to create lifesaving medicines, and there's a shortage.
- These medicines treat chronic conditions and life-threatening illnesses.
- Plasma can’t come from a lab. It must come from donors, like you.
- Your donation is essential, as it can take hundreds of donations to treat just one patient each year.
That’s why patients all over the world need you to answer the call to donate.
How it works
When you give plasma, it’s separated from the whole blood and collected, while the rest of the blood is returned to you. This is why the process takes a little longer than blood donation. Your first visit includes a physical exam, which may extend your total time at the center to two to three hours. Your body replaces plasma quickly, which means you can return soon, donating up to twice a week in a seven-day period. Here’s what else you can expect during your visits:
|First-time donors receive a physical exam from a trained center medical specialist.|
|You’ll receive a health screening each time, which includes a blood sample.|
|Donation can take around 90 minutes, so feel free to relax, read, or watch some TV.|
|You’ll learn how your plasma is being used to treat others with life-threatening illnesses.|
|Each donor receives a Grifols prepaid Visa® debit card that is refilled after each donation.|
COVID-19 is top of mind for all of us, so we’re taking extra precautions at our centers. While taking donors’ temperatures has always been our standard practice, here’s what else we’re doing:
|Face coverings are required.|
|Social-distancing measures are in place.|
|The frequency of spot cleaning and sanitizing has been increased, in addition to our existing cleaning and disinfecting procedures.|
There are a few requirements to ensure plasma donations are properly managed to make us all feel better.
A donor must:
- be in general good health
- weigh at least 110 pounds
- be 18-69 years old
A donor must provide a photo ID and proof of their Social Security number.
The donor's name must be the same on both.
A donor must provide proof of address.
This can include the information printed on your photo ID, W-2 form, or paycheck stub if your current address is listed. You can also use a utility bill from the previous 30 days that lists your name and address, or bring a copy of your current lease.