What is plasmapheresis?
Plasmapheresis is a process in which the liquid part of the blood (the plasma) is separated from the blood cells. Plasma is the most significant component of human blood, about 55%. The plasma is removed and replaced with solutions such as saline or albumin and then the plasma is returned to the body.
Plasmapheresis is also a donation process. Healthy donated plasma is a life-saving treatment for various autoimmune disorders. The method includes obtaining plasma from healthy donors to be prepared for delivery to patients. Patients with autoimmune diseases and other health conditions benefit the most from the donated plasma. For these patients, the plasma with harmful antibodies is extracted and replaced with the donated plasma from healthy donors. This process dramatically enhances and prolongs the lives of countless men, women, and children around the world.
Your donation saves lives. The plasma you donate will be used to create therapies that treat chronic diseases. For many conditions, plasma therapies are the only available treatment. Plasma is versatile, which makes it valuable for people who are sick. It is a crucial ingredient for multiple products used to treat patients suffering from life-threatening complications.
How to donate
There are hundreds of Plasmapheresis centers around the United States. Each center has eligibility requirements that you will have to meet. Do a google search for plasma donation centers (LINK) or look them up in the yellow pages. It will likely save you some time if you call beforehand and ask what their requirements are, wait times, and what to expect. Some conditions, such as recently contracting the flu’s, colds and undergoing surgeries may prevent you from qualifying to donate. You can still help by telling your friends and family about it and encourage others who can to donate.
Looking to work in plasmapheresis?
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