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How it works
Donating blood plasma is a safe process that has been used for more than one hundred years to help save lives. Thousands of people safely and painlessly donate every day. Blood plasma donation is performed in a highly regulated environment by professionally trained staff using sterile, one-time-use, disposable materials. Facilities follow strict guidelines when collecting plasma to ensure the donor’s safety and comfort.
You must have had COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test, an antibody test, or clinical diagnosis and meet other donor criteria. You must also be symptom free for at least 14 days prior to visiting a donor center.
You will be asked to show proof of identification and share your contact information when you arrive at the donor center. Some centers may have additional registration requirements. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
You must pass a pre-donation screening at every visit, including a brief exam to check your body temperature, blood pressure, and pulse rate. The goal of this screening is to make sure that the donation is safe for both you and the recipients of the final product.
4. DONATION PROCESS
Once your eligibility is confirmed, you will move to a donation area where you will rest on a donor bed while connected to an automated machine that will collect your plasma. You will be carefully monitored by staff throughout the donation process. Your donor bed will be socially distanced at least six feet from other donors and/or personal protective equipment will be provided.
5. PLASMA COLLECTION
Blood plasma is collected through an automated process that separates plasma from other blood components, then returns your red blood cells and platelets to you. This process continues until a target amount of plasma has been collected.
WHAT IS BLOOD PLASMA?
Plasma – the liquid portion of your blood – can be easily replaced by your body. It consists mainly of water, proteins, and antibodies that help your body to function. If you have survived COVID-19 then your plasma includes antibodies that could help others fight the virus.
1% White Blood Cells
44% Red Blood Cells
HOW IS BLOOD PLASMA USED?
Plasma from those who have recovered could be a key part of the fight against COVID-19. Once the COVID-19 plasma is donated, it can take one of two paths: be directly transfused into patients or be used to make a potential medicine.
Know who can donate
You CAN donate plasma if
- You were tested positive for COVID-19
- You have fully recovered and are free from symptoms for 14 days
- You are between 18-60 years old
You CANNOT donate plasma if
- Your weight is less than 50 kgs
- You have ever been pregnant
- You are diabetic on insulin
- Your Blood pressure is more than 140 and diastolic less than 60 or more than 90
- You have uncontrolled diabetes or hypertension with change in medication in last 28 days
- You are a Cancer survivor
- You have chronic kidney/heart/lung or liver disease
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