Who can donate? In general, plasma donors must be 18 years of age and weigh at least 50 kg (110 pounds). All people must undergo two separate medical examinations, a history screening and tests for transmissible viruses before their donated plasma can be used to make plasma protein therapies. How do I donate plasma? There are more than 900 IQPP-certified and approved plasma collection centers in the United States, Canada and Europe. Each company manages its operations differently in compliance with government regulatory guidelines. Find a centre near you using our searchable directory. Call the centre for hours of operation and further questions. It hurts? Most people compare the sensation of the needle to a slight bee sting. You will also need to undergo a finger test each time you donate so that the medical staff at the collection center can assess your protein and hemoglobin levels. Is plasma donation safe? Yes. Plasma donation in IQPP certified collection centers is carried out in a strictly controlled and sterile environment by professionally trained medical personnel. All plasma collectors are sterilized and all devices that come into contact with you are used only once to rule out the possibility of transmission of viral infections.
What type of medical screening and testing is performed? You must undergo a physical exam before making a donation, which includes answering questions about medical history, screening for viruses such as HIV and hepatitis, and assessing your protein and hemoglobin levels. How do you get my plasma? Plasma donation is similar to blood donation. A needle is inserted into a vein in your arm. Plasma is collected by a process called plasmapheresis and is performed in cycles that can last up to an hour. Whole blood is taken. Plasma is separated from red blood cells and other cellular components. These are returned to your body with sterile saline to help the body replace plasma removed from whole blood. How long does it take? Your first donation will take about 2 hours.
Return visits take about 90 minutes on average. What do you do with my plasma? Nearly 500 different types of proteins have been found in human blood plasma. About 150 of them can be used to diagnose diseases or to produce therapies. How much will I be compensated? Each company sets its own remuneration scale. Please contact the nearest centre for more information. The safety of donors as well as the safety of plasma donation therapies are paramount. You will need to visit a plasma collection centre to determine if you are eligible to donate. In general: Donor suitability is at the sole discretion of the plasma collection system. Because the demand for plasma is so great, we are looking for dedicated donors. Only after two satisfactory health examinations and negative test results within six months can you obtain qualified donor status.
Until you meet this requirement, your plasma will not be used to do therapies. This is important to ensure the quality and safety of therapies that patients need to treat life-threatening diseases.