How long does it take to donate plasma?
The first time you come in to donate plasma, an initial screening must be done both for your safety and for that of the nation´s plasma supply. Most donors will spend about two hours with us. After that, regular donations take about an hour. That´s all.
How often can I donate?
During the process of plasmapheresis only the plasma portion of your blood is removed and must be replaced by your body. Your body naturally replaces this lost plasma in less than 24 hours. As a result, a healthy adult can safely donate twice a week (minimum 48 hours between donations).
What are the possible side effects?
Occasionally a donor may become light-headed during donation or immediately after. This is usually remedied by rehydration and can usually be prevented by making sure you are well hydrated before donating. Slight bruising at the site of needle placement is possible, though not common.
Am I at risk for disease in donating plasma?
No. For each and every donation, a new, sealed, sterile, one-time-use package is used to collect your plasma. The needle placement site is sterilized. Your blood never leaves the closed system during the plasmapheresis process.
Are there any special nutrition guidelines for donating?
Common sense is your best guideline. Follow a well-balanced diet, eat before coming in to donate. Because you know your body will be losing fluid, drink plenty of water.