(BPT) - What is plasma and how does it help people?
Plasma is the liquid portion of your blood that carries blood components throughout the body. Plasma is collected and processed into a wide variety of therapeutics, including blood-clotting proteins to treat hemophilia, immune support therapies, blood volume replacements and surgical sealants that benefit thousands of people every day.
Why is donating plasma so important?
Plasma is not a substance that can be produced in a laboratory or any other artificial environment — it can only be obtained from a healthy adult. Donating plasma is an opportunity for healthy people from all walks of life to make a difference. In fact, for some of these conditions, like immune disorders, plasma-derived therapies are the only effective treatment options today. Given the increasing demand for these types of therapies, it is critical to have regular donations of plasma from healthy volunteers.
How does plasma donation work?
The donation process works in a similar way to a typical blood donation, but the plasma is separated from the blood and the other blood elements are returned to your body. The process takes about an hour, and eligible volunteers can donate as often as twice a week! Additionally, donors are compensated for the time and commitment they make in donating plasma.
Are you ready to help make a difference to the lives of patients through plasma donation? BioLife can help you achieve that goal.
BioLife Plasma Services is an industry leader in the collection of high-quality plasma, with 100+ centers across the United States and in Europe, and on Saturday, October 19, BioLife is opening a new donation center at 225 W. Roosevelt Road in Villa Park. Additionally, on Saturday, December 7, BioLife will open a new donation center at 1445 W. Lake Street in Addison.
“At BioLife we’re committed to addressing the growing need for plasma, essential for treating people with rare and chronic conditions, while also becoming a neighbor that our community members can trust and depend upon. We strive to ensure that our center is a welcoming place for our donors by offering a supervised play area, online portal, mobile app, and of course free WiFi in our state-of the-art facility. Our goal is to welcome residents of the Chicago metropolitan area the same way they have welcomed us into their neighborhood,” said Amy McDonald, BioLife Villa Park center manager.
Visit www.biolifeplasma.com or download the BioLife app to learn how to become a donor so that you can make a difference in the lives of patients, while also receiving compensation for your time. We think you will agree that it adds up!