How To Donate plasma

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How To Prepare


  • Eat a healthy meal that is high in protein and iron within 2 hours before and 2 hours after your donation.
  • Avoid fatty foods prior to donating. Fatty foods can give your plasma a milky appearance and affect your blood tests. If your plasma has this color appearance, you will not be able to donate plasma that day.
  • Keep yourself hydrated. Drink plenty of water or juice the night before and day of your donation.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages on the night before and day of your donation.
  • Avoid smoking for at least 30 minutes after the completion of your donation.
  • Avoid any strenuous activity for at least 1 hour before and 24 hours after your donation.

Other Helpful Tips

  • Wear comfortable clothes. We keep the centers cool, so please dress warmly or bring a throw blanket.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Skip a donation if you’re feeling ill. Donors must be in general good health in order to donate. It is at the center’s discretion to determine whether or not you are healthy enough to donate that day.
  • We recommend bringing a book, magazine or tablet to help pass the time. Our centers are equipped with free Wi-Fi and individual flat screen TVs with cable at each donor station.
  • After your donation, keep your bandage clean and covered for several hours.

What To Expect

  • Bring your picture ID and Social Security Card the first day you visit our center.
  • We accept donors who reside within fifty (50) miles of the center.
  • At the donor kiosk, you will answer some medical history questions and have a brief physical exam to determine if you are suitable for donation.
  • The first visit may take about 120 minutes; subsequent, routine visits take about 90 minutes.
  • After passing the physical exam, you may donate the same day.


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This process is safe, sterile and simple. The process is similar to donating blood. However, the plasma is separated from the red blood cells and the red cells are returned to the donor. Donors are also given a saline solution at the end of the donation process to replace any fluid loss.
Plasmapheresis is performed by trained medical professionals, using a one-time use disposable collection system. The disposable is discarded following donation. All donors receive a new disposable set at each donation.
The donation process takes about 60 minutes from the time you enter the center with safety measures in place throughout.

*For eligible donors and subject to change without notice. Please check with your local center for more details about your compensation.