Simply put: blood plasma saves lives.
Plasma is the clear fluid that makes up 55% of blood. It is one of the most critical components of our bodies, as it carries cells and proteins to our organs. Plasma is often given to trauma, burn, or shock patients, is used to create plasma protein therapies that help treat a wide variety of chronic, rare diseases, and is still being explored today.
The global demand for plasma to create therapies has been steadily increasing over the years, but as of recently, it’s hit a critical mass. Now more than ever we need heroes to step up and donate blood plasma if we want to continue to treat those who rely on it.
It’s easier than you think. Get to your nearest donation center, donate, then go back and donate again!
Becoming a plasma donor requires someone who is willing to save the lives of others, to be a hero. What does it take?
There are more than 900 blood plasma donation centers in the United States. They are sterile, controlled environments staffed with medically trained professionals to help you through the donation process. Plasma donation is essential and life-saving.
Plasma donation continues to be a safe practice; centers require masks and maintain space for social distancing. According to the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA), there has been no blood-borne transmission of coronavirus, and the need for plasma donations is greater than ever.