Plasma Power

Plasma journey: from donation to treatment

Plasma Power

Plasma journey: from donation to treatment

July 3, 2024

Plasma is not just a vital component of blood—it’s a cornerstone in modern medicine, made possible by the selflessness of donors like you. Donating plasma is a simple, painless, and safe gesture: it plays a crucial role in the production of life-saving medications for the treatment of severe and rare diseases. When you decide to donate plasma, you are starting a journey that extends far beyond the donation chair. Your contribution becomes a crucial resource that has a profound impact on numerous lives.

What is a plasma donation?

The journey of plasma starts with your donation. The donation process itself is relatively simple and very similar to donating blood. After completing the necessary paperwork and undergoing a health screening to confirm your eligibility to donate, you will be seated in a reclined chair for the actual donation. During this process, your blood is drawn, and the plasma is separated from the other components using a specific machine. At the end of the procedure, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets will be returned to you via the machine. The volume of fluid lost during donation is replenished through natural recovery mechanisms, the infusion of saline solution, and fluid intake.

Donating plasma is a simple, painless, and safe gesture

What happens to plasma after donation

Immediately after your donation, the collected plasma undergoes a series of crucial steps to prepare it for further treatments. First and foremost, it is carefully examined and tested to ensure its safety and quality. Any plasma that doesn’t meet the high standards is discarded. Once approved, the plasma undergoes a process called “fractionation” that separates plasma into its individual components, such as antibodies, clotting factors, and albumin. Each of these components serves a specific purpose in medicine and is carefully extracted for further treatments. Once fractionated, the individual components of plasma are purified to remove any impurities or contaminants. This purification process is essential to ensure the safety and efficacy of the final products.

What is plasma used for when donated

Have you ever wondered why donating plasma is so important? Here is why:

  • Plasma is a precious resource used to produce life-saving medications that improve the quality of life for millions of people worldwide. Without plasma donors, many individuals suffering from severe or rare diseases would not have access to the treatments they need.
  • Plasma is essential for treating patients with severe burns, trauma, and other medical emergencies. Its components can restore blood volume and provide vital substances that contribute to healing.
  • Donating plasma can have a significant impact on the scientific community, as it provides an essential resource for medical research. Without plasma donors, many healthcare institutions and research programs would be compromised in their ability to provide high-quality care and promote the advancement of medical science.

FAQs

Do you still have doubts about plasma donation? Our FAQs section will hopefully clear them up. Remember that our medical team and staff is always there to answer all your questions in person.