Donating plasma is a low risk procedure with minimal or no side effects.
Before a donor is accepted into the BioLife Plasma Services donor program, he or she must pass a medical examination and a survey of their medical history performed by a member of BioLife's professional medical staff. During each subsequent visit, a staff member checks the donor's vital signs and the donor answers questions about their medical history.
In addition, the donor's hematocrit (the percentage of blood volume occupied by red blood cells) and plasma protein levels are checked. Each donation procedure uses sterile and disposable collection materials. Once the donation is complete, the disposable equipment is discarded and replaced with new materials for the next donation. These steps help ensure the safety of the donor and protect the recipients of the therapies processed from their plasma.