Facts About Plasma Donation​

Your donation is a simple and impactful way to help change lives in your community.

It’s also a remarkably rewarding experience.

As you sit in the donation chair watching your plasma get collected, you may feel a sense of pride and satisfaction—and we think that’s great. After all, you are playing an essential role in changing lives and making the world a safer, healthier, and happier place.

In about two hours, you can provide much-needed resources to treat life-threatening emergencies, develop life-changing medications, and support crucial advancements in medical research.

At PlasmaSource, we want you to fully understand how your plasma donation helps others—and why it is in such high demand.

Keep reading to learn the facts about plasma donation, so you can make an informed decision and get on a path toward helping others and earning money.

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Does Donating Plasma Save Lives?

Yes, donating plasma contributes to saving and improving the lives of those suffering from life-threatening conditions and rare diseases in which plasma-based therapies are their only treatment option.

Plasma can also help save the lives of trauma patients and burn victims because it helps encourage blood clotting, boosts blood volume, and helps prevent and treat shock.

How Can Plasma Donations Save Lives?

Although plasma is primarily comprised of water, it also contains essential proteins, like antibodies, albumin (helps accelerate wound healing), and fibrinogen (helps clot blood).

Once you donate your plasma, these proteins get extracted and turned into life-saving therapies and medications for people that rely on regular infusions or injections to live a healthy and more productive life.

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How Many Lives Can a Plasma Donation Save?

It can take up to 1,200 plasma donations to extend the life of a single person with a rare condition for one year.

Millions of liters of plasma must be donated each year to create enough life-changing therapies and medication to help those in need.

Plasma can not be created in a lab, making your donations an essential piece of the care puzzle. Plasma is crucial for helping:

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Critical Emergencies

Plasma donations provide much-needed resources for many medical emergencies, including

  • Accidents
  • Severe burns
  • Shock
  • Trauma
  • Surgeries

Platelet donations also provide valuable resources for

  • Cancer treatments
  • Organ transplant surgeries
  • Open heart surgery
  • Premature births
  • Traumatic injuries

Pharmaceutical Derivatives

Pharmaceutical companies use plasma donations to create life-changing medications that help people with rare diseases live fuller, healthier lives.

Your donation also enables scientists and doctors to develop and provide essential

  • Blood clotting factors for people with hemophilia
  • Immunoglobins for the immunocompromised
  • Albumin for those with liver disease
  • And more

Plasma-derived medicines increase life expectancy, improve quality of life, reduce life-threatening complications, and provide immeasurable and lifelong benefits to those who rely on them.

Research and Development

Plasma is essential for researching and developing cellular disease prevention. Scientists use plasma donations to better understand the human body, study chronic and degenerative diseases, and develop new, effective treatments.

Schedule a donation today, earn money, and make a positive impact in your community.

Ready to Get Started?

Are you interested in becoming a plasma and platelet donor? Contact our our plasma donation center in Aurora, IL to schedule an appointment today.