Plasma is the fluid part of blood. Plasma contains protein, salts and clotting factors.
Burn, trauma, organ transplant and plasma exchange patients benefit
from plasma transfusions. After a donation, plasma can be stored frozen for up to one year.
An automated plasma pheresis donation uses specially-designed
equipment that separates plasma from blood and then returns the rest
of the blood to the donor. The actual procedure takes about one
hour, but the entire donation process generally lasts an hour and a
half from start to finish.
Plasma donor requirements:
- Donors must be male.
- Donors must be at least 17 years of age.
- Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds.
- Donors must have an adequate blood iron level.
Donors may give plasma every 28 days.