Plasma Versus Blood Donations
You can give blood or plasma. Both plasma and blood plasma are essential components that are used to safe and improve lives of patients. The table below highlights the different between plasma and blood. Both are vital to the patients that rely on healthy committed donors that take time out of their lives to provide life-saving therapies.
Generally, donors for both plasma or blood have similar health requirements, with a few exceptions. As plasma undergoes significant purification which reduces risk of certain transmitted diseases, there can be differences.
Contact the plasma or blood center if you have specific questions relating to your health and your eligibility to donate safely.
|Uses||Source Plasma for Further Manufacturing uses:
· Source Material for Therapeutic Plasma Proteins such as Albumin, Immune Globulin, Alpha-1 Protease Inhibitor, Clotting Factors, Plasminogen, and C-1Esterase Inhibitor
|Process||Plasma collection or plasmapheresis is an automated process where the donor is connected to a machine by venipuncture (needle inserted into a vein), blood is mixed with anticoagulant and passed through a centrifuge to harvest the liquid component plasma. The cellular components such as red, while blood cells and platelets are returned to the donor|
|Components||Plasma is isolated from blood after removal of cellular components. It consists of:
· Plasma Proteins such as Albumin, antibodies, clotting factors and up to 200 other proteins that can be made into therapeutic drugs
· 90 % Water
|Donor Age||At least 18 years|
|Donor Weight||At least 110 pounds (50 Kg)|
|Time for Donation||60-120 minutes|
|Frequency||Twice within a 7-day period|
|Uses||Blood for Transfusion uses:
· blood lost due to surgery or injury
· Correct bleeding disorders or other disease
· Recovered plasma used for plasma fractionation
|Process||A sterile blood bag with anticoagulant is used to harvest donor blood by venipuncture (needle inserted into a vein).|
|Components||Blood consists of:
|Donor Age||At least 17 years with parental consent|
|Donor Weight||At least 110 pounds (50 Kg). *May be height restrictions for short stature donors.|
|Time for Donation||30-60 minutes|
|Frequency||Males > 56 days
Females > 84 days
to donate safely.