Each year, over 1,250,000 litres of plasma are required to meet the needs of Canadians who rely upon plasma protein products to go about their daily lives and manage their illnesses. Unfortunately, it is a startling truth that citizens of our country have only donated 20 per cent of that striking number.
At this time, the remaining 80 per cent of plasma is brought in by the United States, thus leaving Canada dependent on external sources for it. Although initially this may not seem like a major inconvenience, the fact of the matter is – just last year Canada imported almost $1 billion worth of plasma protein products.
While community blood drives have been being held with increased frequency, many individuals are currently unaware of the importance of plasma donation.
Although plasma makes up about 55 per cent of a persons total blood volume, it is simply the straw-colored liquid portion of blood in which all the red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and other cellular components have been removed.
At Canadian Plasma Resources, we provide donors with an opportunity to give back to their country by donating plasma – a substance that is already there’s to give. Are you eligible to receive a qualified donor status with Canadian Plasma Resources? Here’s everything you need to know:
While we greatly appreciate any interest in becoming a donor, Canadian Plasma Resources has a few non-negotiable requirements that must be met by our donors:
- Must be 17-68 years of age.
- Must weigh at least 110 lbs.
- Must have a permanent address within 100 km of our facility.
- Must present valid photo ID, proof of address, and SIN card.
- Must qualify to donate – a process that includes a questionnaire, interview, medical examination, and testing on two separate occasions within a 16-week period
At Canadian Plasma Resources, we are committed to doing our part to help Canada receive enough plasma donations to become self-sufficient and greatly minimize its reliance on the United States for plasma protein products. While the process of attaining a qualified donor status may seem daunting at first, the aforementioned medical screening process only exists so that we can ensure that our donors are in the perfectly healthy condition necessary to provide plasma.
If you feel confident that you want to begin the process of becoming a donor with Canadian Plasma Resources, visit our website to book your first appointment with us!