International Plasma Awareness Week

Tuesday October 10th, 2017

What did you do when you woke up this morning?

Chances are you brushed your teeth, ate breakfast, and headed out the door for another day of work!

Simple right?

While this example is quite baseline, for those who are suffering from illnesses that rely upon plasma protein products to be managed, it’s clearly missing the “administering medication” step of the daily equation.

When we aren’t sick ourselves, it can be hard to recognize just how much others rely upon pharmaceuticals to live their lives.

This is why our team at Canadian Plasma Resources is so dedicated to spreading the word about the need for plasma donors in our country. Once people are aware of how plasma donation has the power to save lives, they are often eager to become donors themselves.

So, in honor of International Plasma Awareness Week, which spans from October 8th – 14th, we’ve decided to provide our readers with a little refresher on all things plasma!

What is Plasma?

 One of the major components of blood, plasma is the straw-coloured liquid portion of blood in which all the blood cells are suspended.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what plasma is largely composed of:

  • Water – 92%
  • Plasma proteins – 7%
  • Solutes, such as electrolytes, waste, and organic nutrients – 1%

However, the protein-rich fraction of plasma is what is harnessed to make the life-saving therapies that many Canadians take each day.

How Plasma Saves Lives

With each donation that is made to Canadian Plasma Resources, more plasma is ready to be processed into treatments for health conditions such as:

  • Immune deficiencies
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Hemophilia
  • Liver disorders
  • Surgical bleeding
  • Burns and shock

Canada’s Need for Plasma

 What’s often shocking for our donors to become aware of is that it can take about 1,000 plasma donations to create a therapy for just one person. Furthermore, at this point, Canada relies upon the United States for 80% of its immunoglobulin therapies – meaning that there is a dramatic need for plasma donors in our country.

Fortunately, once people recognize this, they become inspired to donate plasma, as they become aware of just how valuable their contribution is.

 

 

Book your First Appointment Today

 

At Canadian Plasma Resources, we recognize that becoming a frequent plasma donor requires a time commitment. Therefore, we ensure that our donors are compensated after each visit to one of our centres.

 

Our donors understand that plasma is their resource to give, and because of their generous contributions, countless people can continue on living their best lives.

 

This is why our team is exuberant to be celebrating International Plasma Awareness Week, because we understand that positive change in our industry begins when the public is educated.

 

If you’re looking to learn more about becoming a plasma donor, contact us today to book your first appointment!