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faq

  • How do I find the nearest center?

    Check our website here: contact.

     

  • How long does it take to donate?

    For 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.

  • How often can I donate plasma?

    Because your body replaces the plasma you donate in a relatively short time (unlike whole blood that takes four to six weeks), you may donate as often as twice per week. You must wait a day between donations.

  • Is donating safe?

    Yes. Plasma donation is performed and monitored in a highly controlled, medical environment by professionally trained staff. All plasma collection equipment that comes into contact with you or your blood, such as collection sets, needles and tubing, is sterile and used only once to eliminate the possibility of transmitting viral infections. After your donation, your body will replenish the donated plasma in a matter of a day or two.

  • What about compensation?

    Each center has a slightly different compensation schedule, however, you will be compensated for every donation via Citibank Debit Card. Check with your local center for their current compensation.

  • What do I need to bring on my first visit?

    Just your government-issued ID (such as a driver’s license), your original Social Security card and proof of residency (for example, a piece of mail addressed to you, like a utility bill, postmarked in the previous 30 days, showing your current address).

  • What happens to the plasma I donate?

    After collection, your plasma is quickly frozen right there at the collection center and stored there until all your test results are returned indicating that your plasma is safe for further processing.  Once it is cleared, the plasma then goes by truck to a consolidated 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.

  • Who can donate in the Anti-D program?

    There are special eligibility requirements for the Anti-D Program. In order to be scheduled for a phone interview, you must:

    • Have Rh negative blood
    • Be between the ages of 18 and 68
    • Weigh at least 110 pounds
    • Be in good general health
    • If female, be sterile or postmenopausal
    • Live within 90 miles of Somerset Laboratories
    • Provide proof of residency and a Social Security Card.

    If you meet these preliminary requirements and would like to donate, please call Somerset Labs at (716) 631-1281, to set up a telephone interview.  During that interview, you will be asked further health-related questions, including any prescription drugs you are taking. (Some drugs and/or the conditions they treat might make you ineligible to donate to the program.)  If you qualify, a final, in-person interview will be scheduled at our offices.

  • Who can donate?

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

    • Be at least 18 years old (19 years old in Alabama)
    • Weigh at least 110 pounds
    • Be in good general health
    • Provide a valid and current government-issued ID
    • Provide proof of residency
    • Provide a Social Security Card.