Plasma saves lives, and it's in short supply now. Your donation means patients everywhere receive essential medicines. Become a donor to help with this urgent need. Learn How
When you give plasma, it’s separated from the whole blood and collected, while the rest of the blood is returned to you. So 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. Here’s what else you can expect during your visit:
|You’ll receive a health screening each time, which includes a blood sample.|
|First-time donors receive a physical exam from a trained center medical specialist.|
|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.|
A donor must:
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.
Receive compensation for your time and effort.
HOW YOUR PLASMA HELPS PATIENTS
Whether my son is playing on the playground or wrestling with his brother, I am able to watch him growing up.
—Amy and Eli, North Carolina
My son is 16 and without his meds, he would need to be home-schooled. Instead, he is an Eagle Scout and has the life he deserves.
You help me be well enough, so I can be here for my kids.
The health and safety of all our employees and donors is Grifols' top priority. We have implemented protocols as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We are limiting the number of donors in our centers by taking more appointments, seating donors at every other donation bed, and temporarily reducing the number of available seats in the lobby. We are also enhancing existing cleaning protocols, monitoring employee and donor temperatures, and following guidelines on hand hygiene. In addition, all of our locations require all individuals (e.g., donors, employees, and anyone else) who enter to wear an appropriate face covering.
Staying hydrated and eating properly beforehand are important parts of a healthy plasma donation. Make sure your diet is high in protein, and avoid foods high in fat. Drink plenty of water or juice, and avoid alcohol and caffeine on the day before and the day of your donation. Getting a good night's sleep before your donation and not smoking (for at least 30 minutes) before a donation are also important.
Our health screenings include taking a small blood sample from your finger, checking your vital signs, and asking you a series of questions. We conduct a screening every time you donate to make sure you are in general good health and meet the plasma donation criteria. Find out more about what to expect.
Donating plasma is a low-risk procedure with minimal or no adverse effects. Before donating, you'll receive information and instruction on the plasmapheresis process from Grifols plasma donation center team members. They will discuss the risks of adverse reactions, injuries and events that may occur during or after plasma donation, and they will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Contact your nearest Grifols plasma donation center for more information.
Plasma donors are compensated for the time commitment involved in being a crucially important regular plasma donor. Donors are typically paid per donation on a prepaid debit card, but rates and payment type vary depending on location. Contact your nearest Grifols plasma donation center for more information.
For those who wish to donate some or all of their compensation to a local charity, Grifols has established the Plasma Possibilities program. For donors, that means they can feel twice as good about donating plasma. Ask a Grifols employee to learn how you can sign up!
We’ll send you more information about preparing to become a new donor.