Why donate plasma?

Did you know that most of the plasma components used in life-saving therapies cannot be obtained in a lab? That’s why we need you.

Why donate plasma?

Did you know that most of the plasma components used in life-saving therapies cannot be obtained in a lab? That’s why we need you.

Keep life flowing through donation

At KEDPLASMA, our donors truly “Keep Life Flowing”. The plasma they selflessly donate is used in a wide range of therapies that saves lives – the lives, most often, of total strangers. You might wonder why plasma donation is so important? 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. There are pathologies such as Hemophilia or PID that need many donations to treat a single patient for a year, others, like the hemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN), in which one donation of Rh-negative blood can save the lives of numerous babies. It provides vital treatment for burn and shock victims, cancer patients, donor organ 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.

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KEDPLASMA specialty plasma donation programs

Did you know that the antibodies in your plasma can be used in a wide range of medications? In order to help people suffering from various diseases and conditions, we have created our Specialty Plasma Donation Programs. Contact your center or the following number 855-KEDPLASMA (533-7527) to find out if you are eligible for the following programs.

Anti-D Program

Those of us who know the tenderness shared between parents and their newborn baby wouldn’t trade that joy for anything. Imagine preventing the devastation and pain of losing a baby by taking about an hour of your time to donate. In order to qualify for our Anti-D program, your blood must be Rh-negative.

COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program

If you have recovered from COVID-19 and are interested in donating plasma, you may be able to help someone struggling with more severe symptoms. Because the CDC guidelines keep on changing on Convalescent Plasma donations, please contact our staff to find out how soon after remission you can donate.

Hepatitis-B Program

Have you had your three Hepatitis-B shots? This program collects plasma from people who have been vaccinated against the illness and therefore formed Hepatitis-B antibodies. Because antibodies do not form naturally in the body, your donation could be crucial in helping people who have contracted this liver infection that can potentially turn into a lifelong chronic illness. If you have been vaccinated recently, you’re the perfect candidate for this program since the amount of Hepatitis-B antibodies found in your blood should be high.

Tetanus Program

Have you recently received a Tetanus shot? The Tetanus antibodies in your plasma could help create the prophylaxis given to people who have been exposed to the bacterium. Tetanus is a serious disease of the nervous system also known as lockjaw because of the painful muscle contractions it causes.

Rabies Program

Have you recently gotten your Rabies shot? Your plasma is probably rich in Rabies antibodies that can be used in life-saving medications. A person who has been bitten, scratched or been exposed to the saliva of a Rabies infected animal and hasn’t been immunized against the disease needs urgent care.

Viral Inactivation Program

Do you have type A or AB blood? Would you be willing to be immunized against Hepatitis A? Because the people who receive plasma donations or plasma-derived medication often have compromised immune systems, it is fundamental that they receive highly purified plasma full of virus-neutralizing antibodies.

CMV Program

During your first visit, and every four months, you will be screened for different antibodies, including CMV. Should our medical staff happen to find antibodies for this disease, you could be the perfect candidate for this program.

How we thank you for your donation

Because plasma is such a precious resource and because we know that giving takes both time and effort, our KEDREWARDS program offers compensation for donations and referrals.

Find your nearest center

KEDPLASMA has over 30 centers across the country. Find out which one is closest to you and the services and plans it offers.

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 Biopharma 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 across the world suffering from severe and often rare diseases, disorders and conditions, such as Hemophilia and Immunodeficiencies.

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