To reduce your waiting time, please schedule an appointment online. Upon arrival at the center reception desk, we will welcome you and ask you to sign in. As a new donor, please review the general donation eligibility guidelines for information on identification and proof of address prior to your first donation. Repeat donors generally spend approximately an hour in the center, with the average plasmapheresis process taking around 45 minutes. New donors may take up to two hours because your first visit includes a physical exam.
Each donor, regardless of how long he or she has been donating, must pass a pre-donation screening at every appointment. We ask all donors to complete an electronic questionnaire regarding your health and medical history. This ensures that the donation is safe for you and for the patient who receives treatment made from your plasma.
Each time you donate, a Medical Historian will measure your vitals: weight, blood pressure, pulse and temperature. A technician will also take a little blood from your finger to measure your total protein and hematocrit - hematocrit is the percentage of blood volume occupied by red blood cells. These measurements will tell us if it is safe for you to donate that day.
As a first-time donor, and annually thereafter, you will receive a brief physical examination. This is administered by our on·site medical staff and used to make sure you are eligible to donate, based on your health and medical history.
The Plasmapheresis Process
After we prepare the automated plasma collection device with a new, sterile kit, we connect you to the machine and start the plasma collection process. The tubing and all other pieces of the collection device that come in contact with your blood are discarded and replaced with new, sterile materials each time a donation is performed. Your blood never enters the machine.
After your donation, you will be compensated in the form of a BioLife Visa debit card.
Set Up Your Next Appointment
Schedule your next appointment online. You can donate as often as twice in a seven-day period, with at least one calendar day in between donations.