Plasma: The Flow of Life
It is the liquid that carries blood cells in suspension around the body - red cells that carry oxygen; white cells that fight disease and help heal injury; and platelets that help stem bleeding. If you take those cells out of the plasma, you are left with a straw-colored liquid that is mostly water – about 92% - the rest of it is made up of other elements in solution that are equally vital to life. Plasma transports antibodies, clotting proteins, hormones, and enzymes; it carries nutrients (like sugars, fats, salts, minerals, etc.) to the body’s cells while removing waste products (like carbon dioxide, lactic acid, etc.). Plasma helps maintain blood pressure, as well as the acid-base balance in the body.
For Kedrion plasma is the raw material for obtaining proteins that can be transformed into life-enhancing medicines that prevent many rare and debilitating diseases and conditions from hemolytic disease in newborns to immune deficiencies to hemophilia.
Donation: Keep Life Flowing
Plasma cannot be produced artificially. It is obtained only by the generous donation of healthy individuals for the eventual use of others in need. Most people know about donating whole blood, a painless procedure that takes only about ten minutes (in addition to the time for preparation and recovery). However, one can donate plasma, and only plasma, in a procedure called plasmapheresis, during which blood is drawn, the plasma is separated and the blood cells and platelets are returned to the donor. A typical donation is between 690 and 880 ml.
Plasmapheresis takes longer than donating whole blood – a little more than an hour – but there are important advantages. Plasma is replenished in the body much more quickly than blood cells. A plasma donor can donate as often as twice within a seven day period. While a whole blood donor must wait eight weeks before he or she donates again. Donors are compensated for their time and efforts.
KEDPLASMA operates in nine states, collecting plasma in state-of-the-art plasma collection centers. The donated plasma is processed by Kedrion Biopharma to produce the protein therapies that save lives and enhance life for thousands of patients. We Keep Life Flowing.