THE FIGHT IS IN US

HOW IT WORKS

Donating blood plasma is a safe process that has been used for more than one hundred years to help save lives. Thousands of people safely and painlessly donate every day. Blood plasma donation is performed in a highly regulated environment by professionally trained staff using sterile, one-time-use, disposable materials. Facilities follow strict guidelines when collecting plasma to ensure the donor’s safety and comfort.

Here are some of the key steps to donate:

    1. ELIGIBILITY

You must have had COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test, an antibody test, or clinical diagnosis and meet other donor criteria. You must also be symptom free for at least 14 days prior to visiting a donor center.

    2. REGISTRATION

You will be asked to show proof of identification and share your contact information when you arrive at the donor center. Some centers may have additional registration requirements. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

    3. SCREENING

You must pass a pre-donation screening at every visit, including a brief exam to check your body temperature, blood pressure, and pulse rate. The goal of this screening is to make sure that the donation is safe for both you and the recipients of the final product.

    4. DONATION PROCESS

Once your eligibility is confirmed, you will move to a donation area where you will rest on a donor bed while connected to an automated machine that will collect your plasma. You will be carefully monitored by staff throughout the donation process. Your donor bed will be socially distanced at least six feet from other donors and/or personal protective equipment will be provided.

    5. PLASMA COLLECTION

Blood plasma is collected through an automated process that separates plasma from other blood components, then returns your red blood cells and platelets to you. This process continues until a target amount of plasma has been collected.

WHAT IS BLOOD PLASMA?

Plasma – the liquid portion of your blood – can be easily replaced by your body. It consists mainly of water, proteins and antibodies that help your body to function. If you have survived COVID-19 then your plasma includes antibodies that could help others fight the virus.

Pie chart showing that blood plasma is composed of:

Green section of pie chart is55% PLASMA

White section of pie chart is1% White Blood Cells

Black section of pie chart is44% Red Blood Cells

plasma pie-chart

Green section of pie chart is55% PLASMA

White section of pie chart is1% White Blood Cells

Black section of pie chart is44% Red Blood Cells

HOW IS BLOOD PLASMA USED?

Plasma from those who have recovered could be a key part of the fight against COVID-19. Once the COVID-19 plasma is donated, it can take one of two paths: be directly transfused into patients or be used to make a potential medicine. Learn more about the two paths here