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How is Donating Plasma Different from Donating Whole Blood? (Sponsored)

Apr 27, 2016 02:26PM ● By BioLife Plasma Services
The following information was provided and sponsored by BioLife Plasma Services - Maple Grove. BioLife Plasma Services operates numerous plasma collection centers throughout the United States. 

Whole Blood Donation 
Whole blood is collected manually into a container approved for the collection of human blood. During a whole blood donation, all components of the blood are collected. The actual blood donation procedure only takes about 10-15 minutes, at which time approximately one pint has been collected. Because all of the blood’s components are collected, whole blood donors are only allowed to donate once every eight weeks in order to replenish the body’s blood supply.

Plasma Donation
Plasma is collected through a process called plasmapheresis. When donating plasma, whole blood is withdrawn from the body. The whole blood is then separated into plasma and the other whole blood elements using a sterile system. The plasma is retained and other whole blood elements – red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets – are returned to the donor during the plasmapheresis process. The plasmapheresis process takes about 20-40 minutes
longer than a whole blood donation, but because the cellular components are returned, a donor can donate as often as twice in a seven-day period, with at least one day between donations.

BioLife Plasma Services is a leader in the collection of high quality plasma that is processed into life-saving plasma-based therapies.
For more information on plasma donation, visit

BioLife Plasma Services -- Donation Process

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