So, maybe you're a little nervous about coming in for your first plasma donation. The best way to overcome your fear is to understand what happens during the donation process.
Plasma is collected through a process called "plasmapheresis." When you come in to donate, a needle is placed in your vein and your blood is pumped into a specialized spinning device that separates the plasma from the other whole blood components, such as red and white blood cells and platelets. While the plasma is collected, the other blood components are filtered into a reservoir. Once the reservoir is full, your red and white blood cells and platelets are returned to your body.
6 Simple Steps to Plasma Donation:
Below are the six simple steps you’ll take on your first plasma donation. Your first donation may take up to two hours, all subsequent regular donations will be approximately an hour.
Welcome to BioLife!
You will be greeted by our warm and friendly staff.
Every time you donate, you'll answer some routine personal and health related questions on our eDQ (Electronic Donor Questionaire) system, to make sure your donation is safe for you and the patient that receives our plasma-derived products.
Medical Historian:Every time you donate, a Medical Historian will measure your vitals (Weight, Pulse, Blood Pressure).
Meet a Phlebotomist & Donate:
Regular donations take about an hour.
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Schedule your next donation!
After your first donation, log on to BioLife EasyScheduler.