Can I get paid for blood plasma?

Written by ashley brooks | 13/05/2017
Can I get paid for blood plasma?
Doctor preparing donor before giving. (Keith Brofsky/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Selling blood plasma is an option for making a little money in a relatively short time. Plasma is the fluid which surrounds the blood cells. Selling it won't make you rich, but it can put a little extra cash in your pocket. Just take care to follow some precautions to protect your health and the health of others and be aware of the amount of money you'll receive for your service.

The process

The American Red Cross' Blood Donation website states that donated blood goes through five steps--the donation, processing, testing, storage and distribution. Of most interest to you as a donor is the donation, processing and testing stage. Because blood comes in eight different types, donation centres must comprehensively test the blood to make sure it does not contain any pathogens and is free of abnormalities or conditions. Once tested, the blood is separated into blood, serum and plasma and then stored. After storage, the blood is delivered to hospitals across the country.

Preparation

According to the article "Sell Plasma -- Selling Blood Plasma" on BloodMobile.com, there are a number of steps you can take before donating your plasma that will make the experience more comfortable. Eat a healthy and balanced meal on the day you donate your plasma. This will keep you from feeling lightheaded, dizzy or otherwise uncomfortable after the donation. You should also avoid drinking any alcohol for up to three days after your donation. Alcoholic beverages can cause dehydration, making it more difficult for your plasma to regenerate. Keep yourself hydrated before, during and after the procedure. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water and beverages with little-to-no sugar. Prior to donating you'll be given a brief physical and you'll need to discuss your medical history with a plasma-donation technician. Have a general idea of your health history and note any conditions or complications you may have had regarding your blood in the last year.

Costs

The exact amount of money you receive for your donation will depend on the amount and type of plasma you donate as well as the facility you use to donate your plasma. Plasma and whole blood donations are always needed, but most places recommend donating plasma only twice a week. To donate more often can put your health at risk. You can also be paid more than some donors if you possess a rare blood type or if your blood contains antibodies that are in high demand. The rarity of your plasma will be determined during the screening process following your donation.

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