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plasma donation

novembre 29, 2022

When you give back to others, you give back to yourself. Giving back to others has been proven to benefit your own mental health and well-being, and donating plasma is a perfect way to give back. 

The donating portion of the plasma donation process takes approximately 50 minutes, making it the perfect opportunity to get some me-time. With the busy holiday season, consider taking the time to give plasma to someone in need – while also taking care of yourself! 

Read on for more information on how giving plasma can be good for you! 

Why Give Back? 

Giving back comes with numerous health benefits. Some of the physical health benefits include: 

  • Lowering your blood pressure
  • Increasing your self esteem 
  • Helping to mitigate symptoms of depression
  • Decreasing problems with cognition
  • Lowering your stress levels 
  • Increasing your sense of happiness and well-being 

If you’re wondering why – and how – plasma donation, in particular, can boost your sense of happiness and well-being, we’re here to tell you! Participating in an altruistic act like donating plasma activates the pleasure regions in your brain, creating a “warm glow” feeling that is fueled by the release of serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine. 

Donating Plasma and Giving Back 

An unexpected perk of donating plasma is that it can serve as an early preventative check for diseases! Because of the rigorous screening process that our donors go through, when you give back you actually take care of yourself by getting your vitals checked and assessed by our team of trained professionals. This can serve as early disease detection! 

Give Back this Holiday Season

If you’re looking for ways to give back this holiday season, book a plasma donation appointment today! You can safely donate plasma twice in a seven day period and earn up to $95/week for doing so. With the extra expenses of the holidays, donating plasma can be a great way to earn some extra cash during the season of giving. 

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novembre 23, 2022

How to Best Support Your Plasma Donation Recovery Process

As a plasma donor, it’s important to take care of yourself before and after your donation, to ensure a smooth donation and recovery process. In this blog, we’re outlining the things you can do to optimize your plasma donation experience. 

If you’d like to learn about how to support your plasma donation recovery, keep reading!

How to Set Yourself Up for a Successful Plasma Donation

There are a few key things that you can do to properly prepare yourself for your plasma donation and give your body what it needs to recover later. 

Firstly, it’s essential to make sure that you’re getting the nutrients you need to boost the health of your supply of plasma and to support your own recovery process. Make sure to eat plenty of iron and vitamin rich foods, like dark leafy greens and fish, prior to your appointment. 

It’s also important to drink 6-8 glasses of water a few hours prior to donating. Not only will this help you recover afterwards, but it will also boost your plasma supply and prevent you from being deferred. 

In addition, you’ll want to avoid caffeine, alcohol, fatty foods, and smoking before donating plasma. Caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate you, fatty foods can render your plasma unusable, and smoking can restrict your blood flow. 

What to Do After Your Plasma Donation

Supporting your post-appointment recovery is also an essential component of the plasma donation process, as it’s necessary to maintain your health. 

As soon as you wrap up your appointment, we recommend resting for at least 10 minutes. During this time, it’s important for you to replenish your body with a quick snack and drink. You can get a snack and juice from our reception staff and enjoy your refreshments in our waiting room area following your appointment. 

Once you get home after donating plasma, it’s recommended that you drink plenty of water. It’s also crucial that you do not smoke for at least one hour, refrain from drinking alcohol for at least eight hours following your donation, and avoid vigorous exercise for 12 hours. 

Why Donate Plasma? 

Plasma donations provide those who require plasma protein therapies with the treatments they need to survive and live their lives to the fullest. By booking a plasma donation appointment today, you can save a life – and earn up to $400 a month

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octobre 27, 2022

The history of plasma donation dates back over 100 years. Used to treat measles, Spanish influenza, and other diseases in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the medicinal uses for plasma have evolved in the 21st century. 

Keep reading to learn more about the history of plasma donation! 

The Historical Uses of Plasma

1. Early Uses: Late 1800s & Early 1900s

In the late 19th and early 20th century, convalescent blood was used as a therapy treatment for the measles, Spanish influenza and other diseases. In 1890, German scientist Emil Von Behring exposed horses to diphtheria-inducing bacteria. This broke the ground for serum therapy, the original iteration of convalescent plasma therapy using whole blood transfusions, before scientists figured out how to separate plasma from blood. 

Prior to a measles epidemic in the early 1900s, serum therapy was used to prevent, rather than treat, diseases. 

2. Post Influenza Pandemic 

Serum therapy became more popular after the Spanish influenza in 1918, as scientists claimed that it lowered your chances of dying from the flu or pneumonia. In the 1920s and 1930s, “serum depots” started popping up in cities and towns. 

Operating like milk depots, which ensured a healthy and steady supply of milk was available to the surrounding community, serum depots ran like blood banks, collecting blood from disease survivors to distribute to the local public. Serum depots were utilised to treat meningitis, the plague, scarlet fever, and other diseases. 

Convalescent blood was also used as a vaccine measure before vaccines became commonplace! 

3. The Breakthrough: Separating Plasma from Whole Blood 

When biochemist Edwin Cohn figured out how to split up the various components contained in blood, he consequently figured out how to separate plasma from whole blood. Because plasma is more shelf-stable than whole blood, it was shipped out during World War II and used to treat wounded soldiers, providing them with life-saving transfusions. 

4. Post War Medical Advancements 

After the war, the production of penicillin, antiviral medications, and antibiotics ensured that plasma wasn’t relied on as the sole treatment of life-threatening diseases. But there was still, and always will be, a dire need for plasma. The pharmaceutical industry began to conduct research into how plasma can be used to manufacture medications to treat a variety of diseases and ailments, such as hemophilia. 

Just like today, consistent donations from hundreds of donors was required to manufacture the treatments needed for one patient. 

How is Plasma Used Today? 

Today, plasma is used to help patients living with immune disorders, autoimmune conditions, and blood disorders receive the treatments they need. Donated plasma undergoes an extensive manufacturing process and is turned into therapies that replace missing or deficient proteins in these patients, making it possible for them to live healthier lives. 

Why Donate Plasma? 

Donating plasma is a great way to give back and earn extra money while doing so. At Canadian Plasma Resources, you can earn up to $400/month by consistently donating plasma twice per week! Book a plasma donation appointment at a centre near you to make a difference in someone else’s life and get compensated for your contributions! 

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septembre 23, 2022

Even though plasma is the largest component of blood, there are many differences between whole blood donation and plasma donation. One of the biggest differences is the time that you need to recover between donations in order for your supply to regenerate so you can safely donate again. 

In this blog, we’re breaking down how long it takes for your plasma to regenerate and the impact that has on how frequently you can donate as well as the amount of compensation you receive!

What Is the Process for Donating Plasma?

Plasma donation is a four-step process that involves registering, screening, donating, and relaxing. During the donating portion of this process, plasma is collected from your blood via plasmapheresis. Plasmapheresis is an intravenous process that extracts plasma from whole blood and returns other blood components back into your body. 

It takes approximately 50 minutes to collect a sufficient amount of plasma, during which time we encourage you to relax, kick back, read a book, and take some time for you! 

How Long Does it Take for Plasma to Regenerate?

While whole blood donation can only be performed once every 56 days for males and once every 84 days for females, plasma donors can donate plasma twice in a seven day period. Plasma donors can donate more frequently than blood donors because blood plasma takes anywhere from 24-48 hours to regenerate. 

The plasmapheresis process also makes it possible for plasma donors to donate twice per week since other blood components are returned to the body. With that said, it’s important to make sure that there is at least one day in between donations in order to give your body adequate time to heal and recover from the donation process. 

It’s crucial to keep in mind the difference between donating twice in a seven-day period versus the calendar week, because this impacts your donation schedule for the month. Rather than having two back to back days a week that you donate, you need to set aside time to recover and allow flexibility to time your donations accordingly. 

Why Donate Plasma? 

One of the most rewarding reasons to donate plasma is that you are actively helping others. By donating plasma, you are providing patients who live with chronic illnesses and autoimmune conditions the therapies that they need to live healthier, more productive lives. Plasma is used to treat a variety of autoimmune conditions, immune deficiencies, bleeding disorders and other diseases, as well as shock and trauma. Plasma cannot be replicated in a lab, meaning that immunocompromised patients rely on donors to supply plasma for life-sustaining plasma-protein therapies. 

Also, donating plasma is a great way to make some extra money! When you donate plasma at Canadian Plasma Resources, you can earn up to $95/week by consistently donating twice in a seven-day period. And as we said before, donating can be a surprisingly relaxing time to slow down, rest, and take part in relaxing activities you enjoy. Book your plasma donation appointment today to give back to others (and yourself)!

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septembre 23, 2022

Did you know that over 90% of blood plasma is water? The fact that plasma is largely made up of water is one of the reasons why it’s so important to focus on the beverages you consume prior to your appointment. In order to have a healthy plasma supply, you must be properly hydrated!

Read on to find out which liquids you should drink – and the ones you should steer clear of – before you donate plasma!

What Should You Drink To Improve Your Plasma Supply? 

1. Drink Water

Making sure that you’re adequately hydrated before your plasma donation appointment will boost your plasma supply and ensure a smooth recovery. It is also one of the best ways to prevent being deferred! Because plasma is 90% water, it’s important that you drink 6-8 glasses of water on the day of your appointment – ideally a few hours prior to donating.

2. Drink Citrus-Infused Beverages

Before your appointment (and after), it’s important that you feel your best so you can make a healthy donation and recover well post-donation. Making sure that your vitamin C intake meets your body’s requirements is important for your overall health. Plus, vitamin C helps with iron absorption, and in order to donate plasma you must have iron levels within a certain range. 

Try adding some citrus, like lemon juice, to your water to stay healthy and hydrated! 

What Drinks Should You Avoid Before Donating Plasma? 

1. Don’t Drink Caffeinated Beverages

It’s crucial that you avoid caffeine before donating plasma because it’s a diuretic that can dehydrate you and impact your pulse. Instead, try caffeine-free tea or coffee if you’re craving a warm, comforting beverage on the morning of your plasma donation appointment. 

2. Don’t Drink Alcohol

You should not drink alcohol for 24 hours before your appointment. Just like caffeine, alcohol is a substance that can dehydrate you and ultimately impact your plasma supply. Also, drinking wine can impact your iron levels and cause the iron levels in your plasma to fluctuate. 

What Is Plasma Used For? 

Now that you know what to drink (and what drinks to avoid) before your plasma donation appointment, you might be curious about why donating plasma is so important in the first place. Plasma is used to treat over 80 immune deficiencies and autoimmune diseases. It is also used in emergency situations where transfusions are required, such as car accidents. 

Plasma not only does good for others, it’s beneficial to you, too. If you donate at Canadian Plasma Resources, you can earn up to $400 a month for your plasma donations. Paid plasma donations help ensure a secure supply of plasma for patients in need, and we are proud to fairly compensate our donors! Book an appointment at a centre near you today.

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août 16, 2022

Myths about plasma donation can make it seem much more daunting than it actually is. In this blog, we’re going to be breaking down the top myths that could keep potential donors from making it to their local centre. We’re also going to unveil the truths that highlight why plasma donation is so important.

Keep reading to learn more about what you can actually expect to happen as a plasma donor!

What Are the Top Myths About Plasma Donation? 

1. Paid plasma donation is a new trend, and it’s unnecessary – we can get by on volunteer donations. 

The Truth: The demand for IVIg, an essential plasma-derived treatment used to treat immunocompromised patients, has increased by 6-8% each year over the past ten years. IVIg is used to treat a variety of diseases and disorders.

Canada is in the top three highest per capita users of IVIg in the world. And it’s not just Canada. The majority of developed countries rely on paid plasma donations to attempt to meet their needs.

Also, some Winnipeg donors have been paid for their plasma donations for over 30 years in Canada – so it’s certainly not a new practice. 

2. Paid donations are more dangerous than donations made by volunteers.

The Truth: Canadian patients and donors have access to some of the safest plasma products in the world.

Our strict protocols, from donation to production, ensure that our supplies of plasma are healthy and safe. Thanks to modern technology and adherence to guidelines and protocols, Canada hasn’t had a single case of transmission of hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV through plasma products for over 30 years

3. Paid plasma donations target low-income people.

The Truth: Regardless of your socioeconomic status, the eligibility requirements for plasma donation remain the same. In order to donate plasma, you have to meet the following requirements: 

  • Be between 17 and 68 years. of age.
  • Weigh between 50 kg to 180 kg.
  • Have a permanent address within 100 kilometres of a Canadian Plasma Resources facility.
  • Present valid photo identification, proof of address, social insurance card.
  • Qualify to donate. This involves a process that includes a questionnaire, an interview, a medical examination and testing on two separate occasions within a 26-week period.
  • Have not had a tattoo or piercing done in the past 6 months.
  • Have not donated blood in the past 56 days.

Why Are Myths About Plasma Donation So Harmful?

Misconceptions about plasma donations can prevent people from giving plasma. This can ultimately contribute to plasma shortages. 

Canadian patients require 1.2 million litres of plasma for life-sustaining treatments – and we don’t collect nearly enough plasma to meet those needs. 

What Can You Do to Help Dispel These Myths? 

Donating plasma consistently saves lives and is the only way to provide those who require plasma protein therapies with the treatments they need to survive. You can help to correct these common misconceptions and break the stigma by booking a plasma donation appointment today and sharing your experience with your friends, family, and online community. We hope to see you at one of our centres in the near future!

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juillet 26, 2022

Donating plasma is the only way to ensure a secure supply of plasma is available for patients who need plasma-derived therapies. Patients who rely on these treatments oftentimes need them for the rest of their lives, so consistent donations are crucial. 

Not only is it important to donate plasma on a regular basis, but it’s important to also consider the quality of your plasma prior to donation. Below, we’ve outlined key things that you should avoid prior to donating plasma to boost the quality of your plasma and prevent being deferred

What Is Healthy Plasma?

Donated plasma must first meet certain standards in order for it to be used to create life-saving therapies. Ideally, plasma should be yellow in colour and translucent. 

Some reasons why plasma may be rejected include for being lipemic (when there are excess fats and lipids in the blood) or because the collected amount fails to meet a certain volume. 

How to Donate Healthy Plasma

As a plasma donor, there are certain things you can do to help ensure you donate healthy plasma and don’t get deferred. Here are 3 things you should avoid doing before giving plasma.

1. Avoid Fatty Foods

To make sure that your plasma isn’t lipemic, and therefore unusable, steer clear of fatty foods before donating plasma. Avoiding greasy foods, like pizza, fries, or sweets, will help you to feel your best and produce the highest quality plasma. These foods should not be eaten at least six hours prior to your plasma donation appointment. 

Protein and iron-rich foods, on the other hand, will help you maintain your hemoglobin levels and feel your best during your plasma donation.

2. Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol

Caffeine and alcohol are substances that can dehydrate your body. Being dehydrated can cause your plasma supply to dwindle. As such, you should avoid consuming caffeinated beverages and alcohol for a minimum of six hours before a donation and try to hydrate yourself by drinking plenty of water instead!

3. Avoid Smoking 

Last but certainly not least, you should refrain from smoking for at least eight hours prior to your appointment. Smoking causes your veins to constrict, which reduces blood flow and makes it much harder for phlebotomists to find a vein during the plasma donation process. It may also cause you to feel lightheaded after making your plasma donation. 

There you have it – all the things you should avoid doing before donating plasma to ensure your plasma is ultimately used to help patients in need. Up to 1,200 plasma donations are needed to treat just one patient with a rare disease for a year, so every donation counts. Book a plasma donation appointment today to change someone else’s life for the better and earn up to $400/month for doing so!

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juillet 21, 2022

Plasma protein therapies are unique treatments that are used to replace missing or lacking proteins found in plasma. For people who require plasma protein therapies, these treatments are essential and life-sustaining, enabling patients to live healthy, well-rounded lives.

If you’d like to learn more about what exactly plasma is and the life-altering therapies it is used to create, keep reading to find out. 

What Is Blood Plasma?

Before we delve more into what plasma protein therapies are, it’s important to first understand what plasma is. Plasma is a straw-coloured liquid portion of blood. It is the largest component of blood, and it contains essential proteins that are needed for blood clotting and immunity. 

How Are Plasma Protein Therapies Created? 

Plasma goes through an extensive manufacturing process that ranges from 7 – 12 months after it has been donated. Plasma fractionation is part of this manufacturing process, and it entails using purification techniques, like precipitation, centrifugation, separation, and filtration, to transform plasma into various therapies. 

After plasma has been manufactured into plasma protein therapies, it can then be administered to immunocompromised patients who require these treatments on a consistent basis.

Plasma that is frozen can be used in hospitals and other clinical settings for up to 12 months after donation. Because of plasma’s blood clotting abilities, it can be used to treat victims of major accidents in emergency cases. However, most donated plasma is used to make pharmaceutical products. 

What Types of Plasma Protein Therapies Are There?

There are four main types of plasma protein therapies:

  • Albumin
  • IVIG (Intravenous Immuoglobulin)
  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin 
  • Coagulation Factors

Each of these therapies are used to treat different rare and chronic conditions. 

Who Needs Plasma Protein Therapies? 

Millions of people worldwide require plasma protein therapies for a variety of reasons. People with immune deficiencies, autoimmune disorders, bleeding disorders, and more rely on plasma protein therapies in order to live healthy lives. 

Now that you know what plasma protein therapies are, we hope you’ll consider making a donation in the near future. Patients are only able receive the life-sustaining treatments they need due to the generosity of plasma donors, and every donation helps! Book a plasma donation appointment at a Canadian Plasma Resources centre near you to help us help others. 

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juin 27, 2022

Plasma is used to treat a range of medical conditions. As one of the major components of blood, plasma is a straw-coloured liquid that is derived when all other blood cells are separated from whole blood. The protein-rich portion of plasma is used to treat trauma-related injuries and various rare diseases, including Kawasaki disease. 

What is Kawasaki Disease? 

Kawasaki disease is an illness that causes inflammation in the coronary arteries, which are responsible for supplying oxygen-rich blood to the heart. It primarily affects children younger than five years of age, with 80 – 90% of Kawasaki disease patients falling into that category. 

Kawasaki disease is treatable, and most children go on to live healthy lives if they receive proper treatment. 

What are the Symptoms of Kawasaki Disease?

Signs and symptoms of Kawasaki disease include: 

  • Rash
  • Enlarged lymph nodes 
  • Red eyes 
  • Red, dry, cracked lips 
  • Red, swollen tongue 
  • Swollen, red skin on the hands and feet 
  • Abdominal pain
  • Joint pain 
  • Fever

What Causes Kawasaki Disease?

There is no determinate cause for Kawasaki disease, but it is not believed to be contagious. Since it causes swelling of the lymph nodes and a high fever, it most likely occurs due to a viral or bacterial infection.

How Is Kawasaki Disease Treated?

Kawasaki disease is usually treated via intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy. This plasma-derived treatment is administered via an infusion, and it helps reduce the swelling and inflammation in blood vessels. IVIG therapy also decreases the risk of developing coronary aneurysms. 

IVIG therapy is most effective if it is administered within the first 10 days of developing Kawasaki disease. 

Plasma-exchange therapy is also used to treat Kawasaki disease on occasion. It replaces the plasma portion of your blood with plasma from a donor. The plasma of individuals who have Kawasaki disease contains proteins that can attack the body, so replacing this portion of the blood with healthy, donated plasma can help reduce inflammation and aid recovery.

Donating plasma is the only way to ensure that children with Kawasaki disease have access to the plasma-derived treatments they need. Book a plasma donation appointment today to make a difference in a child’s life. 

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juin 20, 2022

Now that it’s officially summer, staying hydrated is something that should be top of mind! For plasma donors, staying hydrated is especially important. Drinking water affects how your plasma is separated and the fullness of your veins. If you’re dehydrated, you may be deferred from donating plasma or put yourself at risk of not feeling well afterwards. 

Read on to learn more about the signs of dehydration you should look out for when giving plasma. 

Common Signs of Dehydration

Dehydration can occur if you don’t drink enough fluid throughout the day or if you lose more fluid than you take in. Since plasma is roughly 90% water, drinking lots of water is needed to help your body recover post-donation. 

Some signs of dehydration include:

  • Dizziness 
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dry mouth, lips, or eyes
  • Less frequent urination or dark coloured urine

How to Stay Hydrated Before Donating Plasma

Health experts recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day. If you find it difficult to meet the daily recommended intake of water, the following tips may help with that:

Tip #1: Drink Flavoured Water

If you struggle to drink enough water because it’s not as exciting as, say, juice or soda, consider adding a sugar-free flavouring powder to your water (bonus points if it contains electrolytes). 

Tip #2: Hydrate with Coconut Water

Coconut water is a great source of hydration, as it’s loaded with vitamins like magnesium and potassium. It’s like nature’s sports drink!

Tip #3: Eat Water-Rich Fruits and Vegetables

Watermelon, cantaloupes, tomatoes, and cucumbers are all examples of fruits and vegetables that contain plenty of water. Plus, fruits and vegetables have several vitamins and minerals that are good for your overall health! 

As a plasma donor, you’ll also want to avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol for at least six hours prior to your plasma donation appointment. These substances can dehydrate your body. 

To feel your best after donating and help ensure that your donation is of the highest quality, it’s important to stay properly hydrated before, during, and after giving plasma. Now that you have the knowledge you need to stay hydrated this summer, book a plasma donation appointment today to put the tips in this blog into practice!