Plasma donation centers don't accept all donors. In fact, 70% of all patients are screened out the first time. Potential Donors have to meet the following strict FDA requirements:
1.) To donate plasma eligible donors must be between the ages of 18 to 65, weigh one hundred and 50 pounds or more and be an overall good health.
2.)In addition you will need a valid Social Security number along with a photo ID such as a drivers license, military, or student identification card. You also need to provide proof of your current address. This can be done with any current utility or phone bill mailed to your current address the day before your donation.
When you arrive to the plasma donation center please have the required documents ready.
3.) It is recommended that you physically prepare your body. It's very important to hydrate by drinking lots of water the day before and the day of your donation by eating nutritionally balanced meals. Do not drink beverages with alcohol or caffeine.
We also recommend that you avoid high cholesterol or fatty foods like hotdogs, fried foods, cheeses and whole milk.
4.) When you check into your appointment you need to fill out a simple questionnaire that will help us determine your suitability for donation. During the medical screening process we will take your vital signs, weight, blood pressure, pulse and temperature to determine your donor suitability.
We test a sample of your blood to get your hematocrit, which is your percentage of your blood which is occupied by red blood cells. We measure the protein levels in your plasma through a small drop of blood elected by pinprick one of your fingertips. We will also ask you a series of questions regarding high risk and your medical history.
5.) The last step before the donation process is a physical exam one of our train medical supervisors or physicians will visit with you to obtain a more complete medical assessment. During this exam they will administer a medical history interview as well as a hands-on physical examination.
Why Are Some Plasma Donors Screened Out?
Please note that these steps will help us to determine safe for you to donate plasma and whether or not you are a suitable candidate for plasma donation. We recommend that you visit your personal physician regularly as our medical procedures are not meant to replace your routine medical care.
What Happens During Your Donation
Now it's time to begin your first plasma donation: you will be seated in our relaxing state-of-the-art donor lounge, while a highly trained staff will begin preparing for the collection of your plasma.
Your plasma will then be removed and separated into a bottle in your red blood cells, which will then be returned to your body through the same needle. All the supplies used for your plasma collection are sterile, discarded after every use.
Post Plasma Donation
This process takes about a half an hour and varies from patient. After donating plasma allow a few minutes to let your body adjusts to the change in blood volume.
There are no side effects from donating, since your body's plasma regenerates very quickly typically between 24 to 48 hours after donating.
However it is important to take care of yourself following your donation. Please remember to eat a nutritional meal afterwards in order to replenish your blood volume and provide energy. The plasma donation staff is here to assist you in any way possible to ensure you have a pleasant and safe donation experience.
When you check out the donation center will arrange for your financial compensation, and schedule your next donation appointment.