Pharmaceutical companies use plasma, a yellow liquid that makes up part of your blood, to manufacture prescription drugs. People with immune deficiencies, and other disorders such as haemophilia, rely on prescription medication to keep them healthy. Some people supplement their income by donating plasma up to twice a week, as long as they are healthy. Each centre has particular requirements for identification and appointment setting. Some centres allow appointments to be scheduled online for the donor's convenience. Your health and blood test determines if are able to donate each time.
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Schedule an appointment with your nearest plasma donation centre. A blood test determines if your blood is healthy and safe for use. Potential donors might be required to take a survey, answer questions and have a physical. Prepare to bring two forms of identification. Some centres require more. A physical examination, complete medical history and testing for transmissible diseases is done to protect you and others receiving products made with plasma. The minimum age is 18 in most states and 19 in some states.
Drink a lot of water the day before and day of donation. Drinking extra fluids makes the donation time faster. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Spending two hours at the centre for each donation is common. The plasma donation centre compensates you for your time with cash.
Eat a healthy well-balanced diet before donating. Eat high iron and protein foods and iron diet to help keep protein levels in your blood acceptable for donating. The centre tests protein and hematocrit/haemoglobin levels in your blood each time before you donate. Avoid high fat foods like cheese, whole milk, hot dogs and fried foods.
Arrive for each appointment with the necessary identification and any other required papers. Tell them if you have spent time in Europe or got a tattoo or piercing in the last 12 months. Answer all questions honestly for everyone's safety and health, including your own.
Donate plasma up to twice in a seven-day period. Allow at least one day in between donations as it takes your body 24 to 48 hours to replenish its plasma. Continue with a well-balanced diet to ensure the ability to donate. If your blood test levels are not high enough in the proper areas, donation centres will not allow you to donate.
Tips and warnings
- Drink a lot of fluids after donating plasma.
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