How your Plasma Donation Helps

Monday June 26th, 2017

How your Plasma Donation Helps

When individuals envision their future plans, the consideration that one may become sick with a serious illness is rarely made. Everyone regardless of their age has engaged in daydreaming about the road ahead, but unfortunately for many, that road will take a sharp turn in a direction never anticipated.

Each day Canadians living from the Pacific Northwest, all the way to the sunny Maritimes receive unexpected diagnoses from their doctors and specialists that dramatically change the trajectory of their lives. The startling truth is that health is a privilege, and it is not promised.

Fortunately, the Canadian medical system is perennially uncovering new scientific methods to treat and cure a wide variety of illnesses, and many of these incredible innovations have been due to the donation of plasma.

However, while many individuals have heard of, and have maybe even participated in the donation of blood, plasma donors are less common.

So, what is Plasma?

Composed of 90% water, plasma is a translucent component of blood that exists as the remnants left behind after all the white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets, and other cellular components have been removed.

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Responsible for a multitude of bodily functions such as clotting blood and fighting illness, plasma is a “transporting medium” for a variety of cells and other constituents in the body.

It’s common to mistake plasma as being another word for blood, and this is due to the fact that plasma makes up 55% of blood.

Furthermore, plasma additionally consists of water, salt, antibodies, a variety of enzymes and other proteins.

How your Plasma Donation Helps

 

1. Plasma Helps Heal:

 

Thousands of Canadians are living with conditions that force their bodies to rely upon plasma products to function optimally. At Canadian Plasma Resources, we believe that when you give plasma, you give life.

After our donor’s plasma has been collected, it is then manufactured into therapies that treat the health conditions that afflict many individuals across our nation, including but not limited to:

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

What many people are surprised to learn is that in some cases, it can take around 1,000 donations of plasma each year to be sufficient in creating a therapy for just one patient. Plasma is any healthy persons bodily resource to give. Through our work in the field we have discovered that upon learning about the dramatic need for plasma donations in Canada, most individuals are actively inspired to begin donating plasma on a regular basis, believing that they are doing their part in sustaining the health of those in need.

 

2. Your Donation Helps our Country:

 

Unfortunately, at this point in time Canada is heavily reliant on the United States for its plasma products. In fact, almost 85% of Canada’s immunoglobulin therapies are made from the plasma donated by United States citizens.

Due to this, Canadian Plasma Resources is committed to helping Canada become increasingly self-sufficient in plasma. However, we couldn’t do our work without the admirable dedication of our trusted donors.

While plasma donation does require a time commitment, we ensure that our donors are well compensated. Due to their generous plasma contributions, many fellow Canadian citizens are able to continue living their lives fully despite their personal health concerns.

At the end of the day, our team at Canadian Plasma Resources and the donors that make our work possible care first and foremost about helping others. If you are interested in learning more about how to become a donor yourself, you can find a wealth of information on the subject on our website. There is no time better than now to learn more about the healing power of plasma and inquire about your first donation appointment.