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How Does the Plasma Collection Process Work at BioLife Plasma Services? (Sponsored)

May 23, 2016 02:41PM ● 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. 

Have you ever considered donating plasma at BioLife Plasma Services, but you're not sure how the process works? 

Source plasma is collected through an automated process called “plasmapheresis.” The procedure requires the use of an automated device and disposable single-use kit in which the donor’s blood is collected and processed to separate the plasma from the other blood components. 

A needle is placed in the donor’s vein and blood is pumped into a specialized spinning device that separates the plasma from the cellular components of the blood, such as red and white blood cells and platelets. While the plasma is collected, the other blood components are pumped into a reservoir.

Once the reservoir is full, the red and white blood cells and platelets are returned to the donor’s body. Throughout the process, the system automatically alternates between collection and reinfusion until the predetermined amount of plasma is obtained. Each donation procedure uses sterile and disposable collection materials.

Once the donation is complete, the disposable equipment is discarded and replaced with new materials for the next donation. On each donor’s initial visit, and at least annually, the donor undergoes a physical examination and his/her medical history is recorded. During each subsequent visit, a staff member checks the donor’s vital signs and donors answer questions about their medical history. In addition, the donor’s hematocrit (the percentage of blood volume occupied by red blood cells) and plasma protein levels are checked.

Once the plasma is collected, samples from each donation are sent to a BioLife laboratory and tested for indicators of viral infections including hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Additionally, periodic tests, including syphilis, are performed on each donor to help ensure donor health and acceptability for the plasmapheresis process.

For new donors, the entire plasma donation process, including a physical examination, donor screening and the plasmapheresis process, usually takes about two hours. Repeat donors can expect to spend approximately an hour and a half in the center, with the average plasmapheresis process taking around 45 minutes.

Find out more about the plasma donation process and the BioLife Plasma Services Maple Grove location, click here:

BioLife Plasma Services donation process

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