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February 1, 2024

Plasma is an irreplaceable resource that can’t be manufactured in a lab. Because of this, plasma needs to be donated consistently in order to meet the demands of patients in need. Below, we’re breaking down just how long plasma treatment lasts, so you have a better idea of how frequently plasma needs to be donated to support patients in need. 

The Basics of Plasma Treatment

Plasma, the liquid component of blood, is rich in proteins, antibodies, and clotting factors. This “liquid gold” is a valuable resource, used to treat a variety of medical conditions, ranging from immune deficiencies to neurological disorders. Don’t worry – we’ll break down all of this medical terminology below! 

Plasma treatment involves collecting and processing plasma from donors, then using it to create life-saving therapies. These therapies can be administered to patients through infusion, helping them to treat and manage various illnesses. The duration of the effectiveness of plasma treatment can vary depending on the specific condition being treated, and the individual patient. In our guide below, we’re diving into how long plasma treatment is effective when it comes to specific treatments and conditions. 

How Long Does Plasma Treatment Last For Different Conditions? 

Immune Deficiencies

Plasma treatments can be used to help boost the immune system of patients with autoimmune disorders and immune deficiencies. The positive effects of these treatments can help to protect patients against infection for several weeks. 

Hemophilia

Plasma is commonly used to treat patients with hemophilia. Hemophilia, an inherited blood disorder where blood doesn’t clot properly, can be treated with plasma-derived clotting factors. When it comes to hemophilia, plasma treatment can be effective for several days to a couple of weeks depending on the type of clotting factor that the patient receives as treatment. 

Neurological Disorders

When it comes to neurological disorders like Acute Transverse Myelitis (ATM), Autoimmune Encephalitis or Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), plasma exchange can be a supportive treatment to help manage symptoms. While the duration of its effectiveness depends on the condition and the specific case, patients can experience improved symptoms over the course of weeks or even months.

Treating Trauma Victims

Plasma treatment can be used to help burn and trauma victims recover after accidents. The length of the plasma treatment’s effectiveness depends on the severity of the injuries. In some cases, the patient might need multiple injuries over time to fully heal and recover. 

Plasma’s effectiveness – and the amount of time that a plasma protein therapy or treatment lasts for – is case by case specific. It depends on the condition, ailment, or issue being treated. The one fact that remains true regardless of any other factors? Plasma donation is required consistently to keep up with the demand from patients across Canada. Book your plasma donation appointment today (and do good while earning up to $750 in your first six weeks as a plasma donor!). 

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January 1, 2024

Plasma protein, known as “liquid gold,” is an essential healthcare resource. Below, we’re breaking down what plasma protein is, and why it’s so important. Let’s dive in! 

Plasma protein, known as “liquid gold,” is an essential healthcare resource. In our latest blog, we’re breaking down what plasma protein is, and why it’s so important. To learn more, visit: [link to blog]

Understanding Plasma Protein

Plasma, the liquid component of blood, is a mixture of water, electrolytes, hormones, and proteins. Plasma proteins specifically include albumin, antibodies, and clotting factors, each with their own set of crucial functions that support overall health and immunity.

Albumin, a major plasma protein, transports essential hormones throughout the body, ensuring that cells receive the necessary components for growth and repair.

Antibodies, also known as immunoglobulins, are also key players in the immune system. They help to neutralize bacteria and viruses, which helps the body to defend itself against infection. Regular plasma donations contribute to the production of immunoglobulins that are used in therapies to treat a wide variety of immune deficiencies.

Clotting factors are essential for the coagulation process, preventing excessive bleeding when injuries occur. Plasma protein donations are especially crucial for individuals with hemophilia or other bleeding disorders, as they rely on these clotting factors to lead normal, healthy lives.

Why Plasma Donation Matters 

Canadian Plasma Resources plays a pivotal role in collecting plasma from donors to produce life-saving therapies. By encouraging plasma donations, CPR ensures a stable supply of plasma proteins, supporting the medical community in treating a range of conditions.

Every plasma donation has the potential to save lives. Donors at Canadian Plasma Resources contribute to the development of therapies for patients with immune disorders, hemophilia, and other medical conditions. Your generosity makes all the difference!

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December 1, 2023

Blood plays a central role in our bodily functions, ensuring the delivery of oxygen, nutrients, and hormones to every cell. One of the crucial components of blood is blood plasma, an often overlooked super-powerful element. Plasma is referred to as “liquid gold” because it can’t be manufactured in a lab, and it’s what keeps our circulatory system functioning (plus, it has immune-boosting properties and helps the body to replenish and repair after a traumatic injury). In this blog, we’re breaking down what blood plasma’s job is in the body, and how it supports our health. 

Understanding Plasma

Blood plasma is the yellowish, liquid component of blood that constitutes about 55% of the total volume. Plasma is made up of water, electrolytes, proteins, and hormones – and with all of these components, it supports a variety of necessary bodily functions. 

Blood Plasma’s Key Functions

  • Transporting Nutrients:
    • Nutrient Delivery: One of the primary roles of blood plasma is to transport vital nutrients, like glucose, amino acids, and fatty acids, to cells throughout the body. This ensures that every cell receives the necessary fuel for optimal functioning.
    • Oxygen Transportation: Hemoglobin, a component of red blood cells, binds with oxygen in the lungs. From there, plasma carries these oxygen-loaded red blood cells to tissues and organs, enabling the cells to perform their functions properly. This is also why it can be used to treat diseases such as Hemophilia, supporting healthy blood clotting. 
  • Supporting Healthy Cell Clean Up:
    • Carbon Dioxide Removal: As cells metabolize nutrients, they produce carbon dioxide. Blood plasma plays a crucial role in transporting carbon dioxide back to the lungs, where it’s expelled from the body during exhalation.
    • Removing Waste: Plasma also supports the removal of waste from the cells to the kidneys, where it can be processed and ultimately removed from the body.
  • Immune System Support:
    • Antibodies: Plasma contains antibodies and other immune system components that help defend the body against infections. 
    • Clotting Factors: Essential proteins in plasma, known as clotting factors, contribute to the blood clotting process. This ensures that wounds and injuries are sealed promptly, preventing excess (and potentially dangerous) blood loss.

Book your Plasma Donation Appointment 

Plasma donation is essential in order to give patients in need access to this “liquid gold” component of blood. It can’t be replicated in a lab, and donors like you are the only way that patients who require plasma for life-sustaining treatments can access the medical care they need. Book your plasma donation appointment today! 

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October 1, 2023

Plasma plays a crucial role in maintaining our overall health. Blood plasma is a mixture of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma, it’s a complex mixture with various functions. But can plasma, just one component of our body’s blood supply, coagulate? Let’s get into it (and don’t worry: we’ll break down the medical jargon so it’s easy to understand!)

What is Blood Plasma?

Before diving in, let’s break down what, exactly, blood plasma is. 

Blood plasma is the pale-yellow, “liquid gold” portion of our blood. It makes up about 55% of total blood volume and it consists mainly of water, electrolytes, proteins, hormones, waste products, and gases. It’s essentially the “carrier” for blood cells and platelets, helping transport these components throughout the body.

The Role of Blood Plasma:

Blood plasma serves multiple vital functions in our bodies, including:

  • Transporting Essential Nutrients: It carries essential nutrients, hormones, and waste products to and from cells.
  • Immune System Defense: Plasma contains antibodies and immune system proteins that help protect against infections.
  • Blood Clotting: Plasma contains proteins necessary for blood clotting, which is vital to prevent excessive bleeding.

Can Blood Plasma Coagulate?

So now that we’ve cleared up some background context, let’s discuss the key question: can blood plasma coagulate? Simply put, it can, but there are a few key things to keep in mind. 

1. Plasma and Coagulation Factors

Blood plasma itself doesn’t coagulate, but it contains critical coagulation factors (say that 10 times fast!) that contribute to the overall clotting process. When blood vessels are injured, these factors activate and form blood clots, in order to prevent excessive bleeding.

2. Clot Formation

So how does a blood clot form, and what’s plasma’s role in the process? When a blood vessel is harmed in some way, platelets swoop in, releasing chemicals that activate essential clotting factors in plasma. From there, fibrin strands (mesh-like structures) form, grabbing hold of blood cells and forming a blood clot to stop the body from bleeding excessively. 

3. Medical Uses for Plasma

Plasma is used to produce life-saving treatments for individuals with bleeding disorders, like hemophilia. These treatments can help patients replace missing or below-average clotting factors, helping their blood to coagulate (clot) normally. 

Donating plasma is a meaningful way to make a difference in the lives of people with bleeding disorders!. By donating plasma, you provide the essential components needed to produce clotting factor concentrates, helping hemophilia patients and those with clotting conditions to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives.

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September 1, 2023

With recent advancements in science, 3D printing and replication technology, you might be wondering why plasma can’t be simply whipped up in a lab. 

There is no duplicate for source plasma – making donation essential. It’s a completely unique, organic substance that scientists haven’t been able to recreate. In this blog, we’re breaking down why plasma can’t be manufactured in a lab, and how donating benefits you. Let’s dive in!

Why Can’t Plasma Be Manufactured in a Lab? 

To understand why plasma can’t be manufactured in a lab, we need to break down its unique properties that make it difficult to study – and so far, impossible to replicate (bear with us – it’s about to get scientific).

Blood, which plasma is a component of, is difficult to study. After blood is donated, it only stays fresh for a limited amount of time, and medical professionals haven’t been able to replicate it in the window of time that it is viable. Plus, blood is dependent on the individual: a person’s health impacts the quality and properties of their blood, making plasma tricky to recreate in one pure form.

3 Reasons Why you should Donate Plasma 

That’s why it’s so essential to donate plasma consistently, for the patients with chronic conditions, traumatic injuries and autoimmune disorders who rely on plasma transfusions as a critical component of their healthcare routine. Plus, it’s a great way to make some extra cash.

If you’re still on the fence, consider the following: 

  1. Plasma is in high demand, without enough supply. 

Plasma is essential for treating patients with immune deficiencies, bleeding disorders, physical trauma and rare disorders –  yet plasma donor numbers dropped by 31,000 over the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients who require plasma treatments like transfusions and plasma therapies rely on donors like you – but this is a two-way street. At Canadian Plasma Resources, we value your time and are proud of our donor compensation system. 

  1. Get paid to give back to Canadians in need 

This brings us to our next point – we value your time and energy, and because of that we’ve established a compensation system that rewards consistent donation. To learn more about our compensation system, check out the compensation page on our website.

  1. Take Advantage of some Me Time

When you donate plasma, you get to kick back in a comfy seat and catch up on your favourite shows or the book that you’re pouring through – and get paid for it, while giving back to others. So essentially, when you become a plasma donor, you become a triple threat.

Book your plasma donation appointment today and earn up to $750 in your first six weeks as a plasma donor!

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August 1, 2023

Plasma is known as “liquid gold” in the medical community for its life-sustaining and immune system supporting properties. Plasma helps to maintain blood pressure and volume, supply key proteins for blood clotting and immunity, carry electrolytes like sodium and potassium to our muscles and to maintain a healthy pH balance in the body, which boosts cell function. 

Medical jargon aside – you might be wondering: what is plasma? 

What is Plasma?

Plasma comprises 55% of our blood (the remaining 45% is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets). Plasma itself is made up of 92% water and 7% proteins, like albumin, gamma, anti-hemophilic factor, with the remaining 1% made up of mineral salts, sugars, fats, hormones and vitamins.

How is Plasma Collected? 

At Canadian Plasma Resources, we pride ourselves on a smooth collection process. The plasma collection process is known as plasmapheresis, in which plasma donors are connected to a machine that draws out blood, separates plasma and returns the blood to the body. During this process, donors are able to watch tv, read a book, kick back and relax. 

Your first donation visit will take 2.5 to 3 hours, whereas subsequent visits will only take 1.5 to 2 hours. There’s a screening prior to for your health and safety, and to ensure that the plasma you are able to donate is viable. Following the donation process, we recommend grabbing a snack, hydrating and taking 15 minutes to rest before leaving the centre. 

Plasma Treatments

Once plasma is collected, it can be turned into medications and plasma protein therapies that can serve a variety of functions! (Again, this is a lot of medical jargon but we’re here to break it down – the bottom line is that plasma donors are superheroes and plasma is their spiderweb web shooters). 

Immunodeficiencies 

Plasma is used to treat 80 autoimmune conditions because of its immune-system supporting properties. It can be used to make Immunoglobulin replacement therapies for patients who don’t produce enough immune-boosting components on their own. 

Plasma can also be used to treat neurological conditions that are linked to autoimmune issues as well, such as conditions where the immune system attacks cell receptors in the brain.  

Temporary Immunodeficiencies 

Cancer treatment can cause temporary immune deficiencies, which can be treated with the immunoglobulins found in plasma. Organ transplant patients can also experience temporary immune deficiencies surrounding surgery, and plasma treatment can be supportive of healing and recovery. 

Trauma, Burn and Shock Patients 

Plasma can be used to treat trauma victims because of its clotting properties. It contains antibodies, clotting factors and various proteins that can help trauma patients to not bleed excessively and ward off infection. 

One study found that, within a 30 day window, 76.8% of patients who received plasma survived, compared to 67% of patients who did not receive plasma and only received standard care. 

Patients with Clotting Conditions & Bleeding Disorders 

Lastly, plasma can be used to treat patients with clotting & bleeding disorders because of its coagulating properties. Plasma helps blood to clot, reducing the risk of excessive bleeding. It also helps to manage blood pressure and volume, because of the plasma protein albumin.  

Plasma can be used to treat: 

  • Hemophilia A, a genetic disorder that is caused by a lack of blood clotting factor VIII. 
  • Hemophilia B, a hereditary disorder that is caused by a lack of blood clotting factor IX. 
  • Von Willebrand disease, the most common genetic blood clotting disorder.

Donate Today!

Plasma is truly a liquid gold miracle component of blood that supports the health and wellbeing of patients with different conditions. Become a superhero and donate plasma today (and earn some extra cash – up to $750 in your first 6 weeks with bonus opportunities!) 

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August 1, 2023

Plasma proteins are like superheroes that work best together. 

There are three key types of plasma proteins: Albumins, Immunoglobulins and Fibrinogens. In this blog, we’re breaking down how each plasma protein functions as a component of plasma to fight crime (infection) and help the body maintain its immune system and heal.

What are Albumins? 

Albumins are like the multivitamin of the group – they’re general, well-rounded proteins that are supportive of your body’s overall functioning. They help balance the right amount of water and nutrients in our blood, making sure everything stays in harmony. Additionally, they transport important substances like vitamins and hormones to key parts of the body. 

What are Immunoglobulins?

Immunoglobulins guard the gates to our immune system! They’re antibodies that protect us from harmful invaders, like bacteria and viruses. When bacteria and viruses enter our system, immunoglobulins fight to protect our wellbeing. They make up 35% of plasma proteins. Immunoglobulins are a subset of globulins, which are just a group of proteins in the blood. Some globulins also work as enzymes, meaning that they help with digestion and metabolism. 

What is Fibrinogen?

Fibrinogen makes up 7% of plasma proteins. One of the essential bodily functions that Fibrinogen supports is blood clotting and coagulation. Fibrinogen converts to insoluble fibre, which helps that blood to clot. When you get injured and blood vessels are damaged, fibrinogen converts into fibrin, a fibrous protein that forms a mesh-like structure. This mesh traps blood cells and platelets, creating a blood clot that helps to stop bleeding. Blood coagulation is crucial for wound healing and preventing excessive blood loss.

Stronger Together: Plasma Protein Superheroes

Overall, plasma proteins help to maintain a variety of bodily functions. The protection that plasma proteins provide our immune system is what makes them essential for patients who require plasma protein therapies as life-sustaining treatments. 

Immunoglobulins support our wellbeing by fighting against viruses and bacteria. Albumins help to regulate blood volume and pressure, by making sure that there’s a proper level of fluids between blood vessels and tissues. This component makes plasma proteins essential for the treatment of trauma victims, because it helps to restore their blood volume and improve recovery. Finally, Fibrinogen is the part of plasma proteins that helps patients with clotting disorders or patients who are having major surgeries. Fibrinogen helps to reduce the risk of dangerous haemorrhages. 
Plasma proteins are amazing, life-sustaining elements of our immune system that keep our bodies healthy. To help patients access the plasma protein therapies and treatments that they need, donate plasma at a Canadian Plasma Resources centre today.

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July 1, 2023

We know that when it comes to donating plasma, there can be a lot of factors that can affect your eligibility. Today, we hope to inform you more about the background of tattoos, their risks, and why there is a waiting period after getting your new tattoo.

What are Tattoos Really?

A tattoo is an imprint or artistic pattern created on the skin by inserting pigments through pricks into the uppermost layer of the skin. Traditionally, a tattoo artist uses a handheld device resembling a sewing machine, which features one or more needles that repeatedly pierce the skin. During each puncture, little ink droplets are deposited into the skin, resulting in the desired design or mark that lasts permanently.

What Makes Tattoos Permanent? 

When a tattoo needle punctures the skin, it creates a break in the epidermis, the outer layer of skin, and deposits ink into the dermis, the inner layer that contains numerous blood vessels and nerves. This process triggers the immune system, which responds by sending immune cells, including macrophages, to the tattoo site. Macrophages play a role in cleaning up the area by engulfing the ink particles to keep the site as clean as possible. However, some ink particles evade macrophage capture and are absorbed by fibroblasts, specialized skin cells responsible for maintaining the skin’s structure. These fibroblasts and macrophages then become permanently trapped in the dermis, leading to the long-lasting presence of the tattoo.

Risks Involved

There are many risks associated with getting a tattoo done. And when donating plasma, because it goes to people who are already immunocompromised, there need to be strict rules on who can and can’t donate. Because tattoos breach the skin, they can cause skin infections and other complications that in turn can hinder your eligibility to donate plasma. 

Mayo Clinic states that allergic reactions, bloodborne diseases, and other skin problems can arise after a tattoo. Since tattoos are done with dyes, this can trigger an allergic reaction such as rashes, which can even show years later. Bloodborne diseases like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), hepatitis B and hepatitis C can also occur if the equipment used to create your tattoo was contaminated with infected blood. Lastly, areas of inflammation called granulomas can form around your tattoo which can lead to keloids – areas of skin with raised overgrowth scar tissue. 

Waiting Period

Because of these potential risks involved with getting a tattoo, there is a waiting period that donors have to go through in order to be able to donate again. At the Canadian Plasma Resources Centres, we ask that our donors wait 6 months after getting their tattoos before they are eligible to donate with us. After the 6 month period is over, we are more than excited to have you back in our centres to continue/or start your donation journey.

Thank You for Donating.

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about donating with tattoos, and becoming a more informed part of the Give Plasma community. We appreciate all you do as donors and supporters. Visit our website today to find the centre nearest you to book your plasma donation.

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July 1, 2023

Plasma is the fluid portion of blood, that contains red and white blood cells as well as platelets, forming the entirety of whole blood. 

Plasma has many different roles within your body. Here are some of the main roles plasma is responsible for: 

Rearranging Water Where Your Body Needs it.

Plasma is composed of approximately 92 percent water, serving the crucial function of filling blood vessels. This enables the continuous circulation of blood and the transportation of essential nutrients within the heart.

Plasma Facilitates the Transportation of Hormones, Nutrients, and Proteins to Various Body Parts While Aiding in the Exchange of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide.

Plasma’s primary function is to transport essential nutrients, hormones, and proteins to the specific areas of the body requiring them and facilitating the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Additionally, cells deposit their waste substances into the plasma, which aids in eliminating this waste from the body.

Acting as a fluid medium, it delivers essential substances to where they are needed and helps maintain optimal organ and tissue functioning. 

In addition, plasma supports gas exchange by carrying oxygen to tissues for energy production and eliminating carbon dioxide, a waste product of metabolism. This balanced gas exchange ensures a healthy internal environment. Overall, plasma’s multifaceted nature as a transporter, gas exchanger, and waste remover highlights its crucial role in maintaining bodily functions and promoting well-being.

Plasma Plays a Crucial Role in Maintaining Blood Pressure and Ensuring Proper Circulation.

The presence of albumin, a protein found in plasma, plays a crucial role in upholding the oncotic pressure, which prevents the leakage of fluid into areas of the body and skin where fluid accumulation is typically minimal. This mechanism safeguards against unwanted fluid retention and helps maintain a balanced distribution of fluids throughout the body. Additionally, by preserving the appropriate oncotic pressure, albumin contributes to the smooth flow of blood through the intricate network of blood vessels, ensuring efficient circulation.

Plasma Aids in the Clotting of Blood.

Finally, plasma aids in the clotting of blood. Just as we mention on our website, on ‘How Plasma is used to Treat Bleeding Disorders’ plasma contains crucial proteins that contribute to preventing excessive bleeding by assisting in the clotting process, also known as coagulation. This becomes possible through the presence of specific proteins that work together to promote clot formation. 

Individuals with hemophilia A or B, characterized by impaired blood clotting, face life-threatening risks from seemingly minor cuts and scrapes. In such cases, coagulation therapy derived from donated plasma becomes essential for their survival. This therapy provides the missing clotting factors necessary for effective clot formation and can prevent severe bleeding episodes. Through the generous donation of plasma, individuals with hemophilia can receive the critical treatment needed to manage their condition and mitigate potential life-threatening situations.

Thank You for Donating.

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about Blood Plasma, and its functions and for becoming a more informed part of the Give Plasma community. We appreciate all you do as donors and supporters. Visit our website today to find the centre nearest you to book your plasma donation.

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June 27, 2023

Plasma donation has significantly helped recipients with underlying disease that impact their lives daily. Despite the fact that the pandemic assisted in increasing awareness about plasma; social isolation, cleaning practices, and a decrease in donors visiting centers have all had a negative impact on donations around Canada. 

      Covid 19 has been termed as the fifth pandemic to plague the world. Initially, the first case of the novel Coronavirus was identified in Canada and was reported on January 25, 2019 in a 50-year-old Toronto resident who had recently visited Wuhan, the initial epicenter of the outbreak in China. At Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, the man was isolated. The initial progression led to a wide spread of the virus around the world. Individuals, families and communities were all left in fear and worry about the virus until a vaccine was produced to allay and reduce their fears. The world was put into isolation in order to reduce the spread of the virus. There were fewer interactions of people around the communities due to the various restrictions. 

      Canadian Plasma Resources took action in ensuring the safety of its donors such as social distancing, hand washing and the use of a face mask. This enabled us to continue to serve our plasma recipients who depended on plasma for survival.  The Canadian plasma resource also practices physical distancing while at our centers. Hand sanitizer use is required upon arrivalAdditionally, to reduce traffic in our centers, we encourage donors to enter the building not more than 5 minutes before their appointment. 

      These plasma donation recipients include people fighting diseases such as cancer, auto immune diseases, clotting disorders, bleeding disorders and infections. These are everyday people like you and me who depend on your plasma donation to maintain the quality of their lives and to live fulfilling lives. With the introduction of the 5th booster vaccine, we have seen a significant increase in the number of donors coming into our facility in order to donate plasma. 

      The eligibility process still remains the same, however we have included more safety measures to ensure your safety while you donate. Also, according to CBC, the incidence of Coronavirus has reduced drastically as compared to when it first emerged. Hence, it is safer to donate. We appreciate your donations each day and are thankful for your contributions in making the world a better place of our various plasma recipients.