Plasma, which is 90% water and 10% proteins, is the liquid portion of blood. This substance is responsible for binding blood components together and distributing various substances throughout the body. It can make up 10% to 12% of blood. It contains nutrients, clotting agents and albumin, which is a major human blood protein.
This substance is not only amazing for the human body, but can also be used to develop therapies, vaccines, and medication to treat chronic diseases. When taken from the body, this substance is kept in a frozen state and can be used to make medicines.
The United States has many Plasma Donation Centers where donors can donate plasma. This equipment is specially designed to separate the plasma from blood and return the remaining blood to the donor. Although the actual process takes approximately one hour, the whole donation process usually takes around an hour and a quarter from start to finish.
This live-saving substance can be donated by any healthy adult, either to raise money for charity or for personal use. Plasma Donation Centers pay donors from their bodies, making it a safer way for people to make extra money. There are exceptions for donors who donate plasma at these centers.
These are just a few of the requirements that Plasma Donation Centers require from donors:
For 16-year-old donors, parents must give permission. For 16-year-old donors, parental permission is required. Donors must be at least 110 pounds. The body weight affects how much you can donate. A person's body weight will determine how many people can donate.