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Can I Donate Plasma? Donor Requirements Explained

octobre 25, 2021

Have you been thinking about becoming a plasma donor as of late? Plasma donation is a fulfilling act that can ultimately help patients receive the treatments they need. However, you first must meet certain eligibility requirements to donate plasma.

In this blog, we’ll be unpacking everything you need to know about the standards and screenings that are in place to ensure plasma-derived therapies can be safely created.

Who Can Donate Plasma?

In order to protect your health and the health of patients who receive plasma-derived medicines, donors must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 17 and 68 years of age.
  • Weigh between 50-180 kg.
  • Have not had a tattoo or piercing done in the past six months. 
  • Have not donated blood in the past 56 days.

To donate plasma at Canadian Plasma Resources, you also must have a permanent address within 100 km of one of our facilities and present valid proof of identification

What Screenings Are Required for Plasma Donation?

There are various screenings and tests that you will have to undergo in order to donate plasma. These include getting your blood pressure and temperature checked. You will also have a blood sample taken in order to evaluate your protein and hemoglobin levels and check for transmissible viruses. 

Why Donate Plasma?

One major reason to donate plasma is to help other people live healthier and more productive lives. Plasma is used to treat immune deficiencies, bleeding disorders, and other rare diseases. There is no substitute for plasma, which means that immunocompromised patients are completely reliant on the generosity of donors to receive the treatments they need. 

Another great thing about donating plasma is that you get paid for your contributions when you donate at Canadian Plasma Resources. We’ve always believed in paying our donors for the time and effort they put into giving plasma. It’s also been proven that the global demand for plasma would not be met without paid plasma donations. We proudly pay our donors up to $400/month for their donations!

The me-time you get while donating plasma is yet another benefit worth noting. In everyday life, it can be difficult to find time to do the things you love, whether that be reading a good book, listening to a podcast, or just taking time to relax. During the plasmapheresis portion of the plasma donation process, you get 50 minutes to unwind and pass the time as you please!

Plasma donation is a fulfilling process that is beneficial for donors and patients alike. If you think you’d make a good plasma donor, don’t hesitate to book an appointment. Every donation helps!