- Why should I donate?
- Will I be compensated?
- How long does it take to donate?
- Are there any adverse effects during or after plasma donation?
- What should I do to prepare for donation?
- What do I need to bring on my first visit?
- What should I expect when donating?
- Do I need to make an appointment?
- Can I donate if I am pregnant?
- How often can I donate?
- How soon after donating blood can I donate plasma?
- What if I have questions concerning my eligibilty due to existing health conditions or medications?
- What is deferral?
Why should I donate?
Your plasma can help save a life! Plasma is used to produce and develop life-saving therapies for thousands of patients with rare diseases, immune deficiency and blood disorders. Plasma cannot be produced in a laboratory, so the power to make a difference depends on the generosity and commitment of plasma donors like you.
Will I be compensated?
How long does it take to donate?
Your initial visit and plasma donation will take about 3 to 4 hours. First time donors are required to complete a health history questionnaire, verify ID, have a blood test and pass a brief physical exam before proceeding to the actual plasma donation process. Subsequent visits average 1½ to 2 hours.
Are there any adverse effects during or after plasma donation?
The most common side effects of donation includes bruising at the site of donation or becoming light headed or dizzy. However, it is important to remember that plasmapheresis is a medical procedure and should be taken seriously.
What should I do to prepare for donation?
See Preparation Tips.
What do I need to bring on my first visit?
You must bring a government issued ID (such as driver’s license), your Social Security card, and proof of residency (a piece of mail addressed to you at your current address, such as a utility bill, which has been postmarked within the past 30 days). The name on your photo ID must be an exact match to the name on your Social Security card (or individual taxpayer ID number (ITIN). Otherwise you will not be able to donate.
What should I expect when donating?
See Step-by-Step Process.
Do I need to make an appointment?
You do not need to make an appointment. First time donors are accepted up to an hour and a half prior to close. No exceptions, we are sorry.
Can I donate if I am pregnant?
You may not donate while pregnant or breastfeeding.
How often can I donate?
A plasma donor is allowed to give up to two donations within a 7 day period, with at least 2 days between donations.
How soon after donating blood can I donate plasma?
You may donate plasma 8 weeks after whole blood donation.
What if I have questions concerning my eligibilty due to existing health conditions or medications?
If you have questions concerning your donation eligibility due to medications and/ or existing medical conditions, please click on the Contact Us link and your questions will be answered by a member of our medical staff or center directors.
What is deferral?
If a prospective donor does not meet the qualifications during their health screening, they will be deferred from donating. A donor may be temporarily deferred (during illness or other medical condition that is temporary in nature) or permanently deferred (due to a medical condition which could compromise the donors health or the plasma product on an ongoing basis).