Plasma learning center

What is plasma?

Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood that transports water and nutrients to all the cells in the body.

It is composed of approximately 90% salt water and 10% protein and electrolytes.

Plasma contains many specialized proteins (antibodies) that aid in fighting infections and can be used to make life saving medical products.

What is Plasmapheresis?

Plasmapheresis is the special process that allows you to donate your plasma while having your red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets returned to you.

How is my plasma used?

The plasma that is collected at a Prometic Plasma Resources center is used to manufacture a wide variety of potentially life-saving products that could benefit thousands of people everyday.

Your plasma may be used to make immune globulins that prevent or treat diseases like hemolytic disease of the newborn, iv immune globulin, chickenpox or coagulation proteins like plasminogen. Multiple products can be manufactured from every donation for diseases such as bleeding disorders, burns or other ailments. Plasma can also be made into reagents for diagnostic test kits used to test for and diagnose disease.

It is important to remember that plasma is not a substance that can be produced in a laboratory or some other artificial environment. It can only be obtained from healthy adults. When you donate plasma, you are helping to save lives.

Plasma Donation Programs

For all our plasma programs, the quickest way to get started is to contact your nearest Prometic Plasma Resources center and schedule your initial appointment.

There are hundreds of proteins and antibodies found in human plasma and occasionally someone may have a special or unique antibody. These special antibodies can be naturally occurring or develop following certain vaccinations.

The staff at Prometic Plasma Resources will discuss with you at your initial visit the plasma donation programs for which you may be eligible. Compensation for plasma donation varies depending on the plasma program.

See below for more information on the different types of Plasma Programs and what the Plasma is used for: