Biolife Plasma Services, located at 3802 Broadway in Galveston, has been in business for over six years This is one of 14 centers owned by CSL Plasma Services, L.P., a Houston-based company, that has been in operation for 2-1/2 years.
Plasma Phlebotomists in Galveston, TX
The donors who visit this center are greeted with a smile by a well-trained, professional staff. The donor goes through a screening procedure which, for the new donor, includes a physician exam. The total process, called plasmapheresis, takes approximately 1-1/2 hours.
The center uses automated machines which draw the blood from the donor, separates and collects the plasma, and then returns the blood cells to the donor. The automated process further assures donor safety. The plasma donor may donate up to two times a week.
Where Does My Plasma Go? How is it Used?
Every unit of plasma collected goes through a battery of tests, assuring the quality of the medical products which will eventually be manufactured from American's plasma collected at facilities such as this one. You may ask, "What is plasma used for?"
Plasma, which is the clear liquid portion of our blood, is manufactured into many life-saving biological products. These include tetanus and hepatitis vaccines. Factor clotting concentrate for ' hemophilia patients, products for the treatment of bum victims and more.
You, or a member of your family, have probably received the benefits of one of these products. The United States can be proud that more than 70 percent of the world's plasma needs are met because of donors who are willing to take time out of their day to donate at a facility such as this one.
Blood and Plasma Drives in Galveston
Upcoming blood drives in the Galveston County Mainland area are Sunday at Pine Drive Baptist Church in Dickinson from 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 14 at the Wal Mart Super Center in La Marque from noon to 2 p.m. and June 15 at the First United Methodist Church in Dickinson from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.