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Plasma Donation

Plasma is a vital, nutrient-rich part of blood. Learn more about saving lives through plasma donation.

What’s the plasma donation process? How often can I donate plasma? Find these answers and everything you need to know about volunteering to donate plasma below.

 

What is plasma?

Plasma is the liquid part of blood that carries proteins, hormones and other nutrients throughout the body.

A healthy supply of plasma in the body ...

  • Helps maintain a healthy blood pressure
  • Promotes clotting when you get a cut

Nearly 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S. - and nearly 4 million a year!

There is no substitute for plasma. It is precious. It is perishable. And the need for it is vital. 

Help save lives in your community. Become a volunteer plasma donor today!
 
 

Every day, patients in your community need blood transfusions to survive and thrive. They rely on the generosity of donors like you, who help ensure a safe, healthy blood supply. Make an appointment to donate blood today.

Explore donation opportunities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

 
Blood Donation Locations
Find a Versiti blood donation center and search for a blood drive near you. Make an appointment to donate blood today.
 
Host A Blood Drive
Blood drive organizations save lives. Learn how to host a blood drive in your community with Versiti.
 
Importance of Diverse Donors
Diverse blood donations improve blood transfusion outcomes for sickle cell patients and diverse blood recipients. Make an appointment to donate blood.
 
Whole Blood Donation
Volunteer to donate blood at a blood donation center near you. Find out how often you can donate blood and make an appointment to donate today.
 
Double Red Cells Donation
Volunteer to donate double red cells at a blood donation center near you. Learn more about donating red blood cells and make an appointment to donate today.
 
Platelet Donation
Volunteer to donate platelets at a blood and platelets donation center near you. Find out how to donate platelets and make an appointment to donate today.

Minimally, if at all. Plasma donation feels similar to a regular blood donation.

No. FDA regulations prohibit paying blood donors since the blood collected directly benefits patients in hospitals through transfusions. Plasma centers that compensate their contributors can do so because every contributor’s plasma is pooled and manufactured into medications and distributed globally. In contrast, blood donations at Versiti impact your local community.

  • Get rest
  • Drink fluids
  • Eat a healthy meal
  • Download the app to speed up your questionnaire and to easily schedule your next appointment
  • Download a podcast, audio book or movie to enjoy during your donation

The actual process only takes about 20-25 minutes, but you can expect to spend about an hour and a half with us. That means you can…

  • Catch up on your TV shows
  • Read a book
  • Sit back and relax

You can donate plasma every 4 weeks. All blood types can donate plasma, but AB types are the universal plasma donors. Only 3% of the U.S. population have it.

Plasma is a liquid part of blood that carries proteins, hormones and other nutrients throughout the body. It is the biggest blood component, making up 55% of your total blood volume. A healthy supply of plasma in the body:

  • Protects from infection
  • Helps maintain a healthy blood pressure
  • Promotes clotting when you get a cut

  • Feel good about giving back? Tell the world and encourage others on social. Spread the word on social with #SaveLivesDonatePlasma and tag @versiti
  • Relax and enjoy a yummy snack
  • Schedule your next donation
  • Drink lots of fluids and avoid alcohol
  • You’ve earned a break - avoid vigorous exercise for the rest of the day

  • Check-in: Bring verification of your identity — a driver’s license, donor ID card or government-issued ID card
  • Health questionnaire and initial screening
  • Get settled in your comfy donation chair
  • The phlebotomist will give you a quick stick
  • A process called apheresis (ay-fur-ee-sis) uses a slow, steady and sophisticated machine to take the plasma out of your blood and give you back the other components through the same arm
  • Before you know it, your donation is over
  • You will get snacks and a drink for post-donation pick-me-up

Nearly 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S. – and nearly 4 million a year. Your plasma donations go to:

  • Transplant recipients
  • Burn and Trauma patients
  • Cancer warriors
  • Patients with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders
 
The Beacon Club for Blood Donors
Versiti’s Beacon Club donor rewards program celebrates the donation milestones of lifesaving blood donors. Donate blood and you are automatically part of the club.
 
Importance of Diverse Donors
Diverse blood donations improve blood transfusion outcomes for sickle cell patients and diverse blood recipients. Make an appointment to donate blood.
 
Blood Donation Locations
Find a Versiti blood donation center and search for a blood drive near you. Make an appointment to donate blood today.
 
Volunteering with Versiti
Versiti volunteers provide an invaluable service to our lifesaving mission. Learn more about Versiti’s volunteer services and how you can serve your community.