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Six FAQ About Plasma Donation at BioLife Plasma Services (Sponsored)

Jun 23, 2016 09:07AM ● 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. 

Interested in donating plasma at the BioLife Plasma Services Maple Grove location? Here are the answers to a few of the frequently asked questions from donors. 

Q:  Who is eligible to donate plasma?  
A:  To donate plasma, an individual must be at least 18 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and pass all other required donor eligibility criteria.

Q:  Is it safe to donate plasma?
A:  Yes. Donating plasma is a low risk procedure with procedure with minimal or no side effects. Before a donor is accepted into the BioLife Plasma Services donor program, he or she must pass a medical examination and a survey of their medical history performed by a member of BioLife’s professional medical staff. During each subsequent visit, a staff member
checks the donor’s vital signs and the donor answers 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. These steps help ensure the safety of the donor and protect the recipients of the therapies processed from their plasma. 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.

Q: How often can I donate plasma?
A:  The body replaces the plasma removed during the donation process quickly; therefore, healthy individuals can donate as often as twice in a seven day period, with at least one day between donations.

Q:  How long does it take to donate?
A:  On a donor’s first visit, the whole process, including a physical examination, medical screening and the plasma donation, usually takes about two hours. Repeat donors generally spend approximately an hour and a half in the center, with the average plasmapheresis process taking around 45 minutes.

Q:  Do you test plasma every time?
A:  Yes. Once the plasma is collected, samples from each donation are sent to a BioLife Plasma Services 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. 

Q:  Why do plasma donors receive money for donating?
A:  Plasma donors spend up to two hours, as often as twice a week, in our centers to help save someone’s life or improve the quality of it. In addition, plasma donors must undergo physical examinations at least annually and a medical history questioning every time they come in to donate. All of these measures help to guarantee a healthy donor population. We
merely offer compensation to our donors for their commitment to the program.

For more information about BioLife Plasma Services in Maple Grove, call 763-416-5511 or visit

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