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faq

  • 1. Why is plasma donation needed?

    Human plasma is unique and invaluable. Most of the plasma components used in these therapies cannot be obtained anywhere else; nor can they be replicated in a laboratory. A single plasma donation could save the lives of as many as 40 babies. It might provide vital treatment for burn and shock victims, cancer patients, organ donor recipients and others with compromised immune systems. Clotting factors derived from donated plasma allow people with bleeding disorders (e.g., hemophilia) to live more normal lives.

  • 2. Who can donate and what do I need to bring on my first visit?

    Most healthy individuals can donate plasma. To be eligible, you must:

    • Be at least 18 years old
    • Weigh at least 110 pounds
    • Be in good general health
    • Provide a valid and current government-issued ID (such as a driver’s license)
    • Provide proof of a Social Security Number
    • Proof of residency (for example, a piece of mail addressed to you, like a utility bill, with a visible postmark from the previous 30 days, showing your current address)
  • 3. How do I find the nearest center?

    Please visit our website at https://www.kedplasma.us/contacts to find a center nearest you.

     

  • 4. Are you compensated for donating plasma?

    Yes!

    • Each center has a slightly different compensation schedule; check with your local center for their current compensation
    • Referral programs
    • Rewards program (KEDREWARDS)

    Compensation for donations and referrals via Wirecard Prepaid Card.

  • 5. How long does it take to donate?

    On your first visit, plan on spending about 2 hours. You will be given a physical exam by our medical staff and asked some questions to help us ensure that donating is safe for you and for the people who will receive the gift of your donation. Subsequent visits will take a little over an hour from check-in through donation.

  • 6. How often can I donate plasma?

    Your body replaces the plasma you donate in a relatively short time (unlike whole blood donation that takes four to six weeks), you may donate as often as two times in a seven-day period (twice per week). You must wait 48 hours between donations.

  • 7. Is donating safe?

    Yes. Plasma donation is performed and monitored in a highly controlled, medical environment by professionally trained staff. All plasma collection equipment is sterile and used only once to eliminate the possibility of transmitting viral infections. Your body replenishes your donated plasma in just a few days.

  • 8. What happens to the plasma after I donate?

    After collection, your plasma is quickly frozen at the collection center and stored there until all your test results are returned indicating that your plasma is safe for further processing. After the plasma has been determined to meet our strict requirements, the plasma is transported to a cold storage facility to await shipment to a Kedrion plant in Melville, New York or in Bolognana, Italy.

    In a process called fractionation, the plasma is separated into its various components (mostly proteins) that are further refined and processed to create a range of plasma-derived therapies, based on clotting factors, albumin and immunoglobulins.

    These therapies are distributed worldwide, including in your local community, city and state, for people suffering from serious and rare conditions like hemophilia and immune deficiency disorders.

  • 9. Who can donate in the Anti-D program?

    Please visit our website https://www.kedplasma.us/how-enroll-anti-d-program to learn more about enrolling in our Anti-D program.