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Is Donating Plasma Safe?

November 1, 2023

Donating plasma is a generous act that can help save lives and provide irreplaceable source plasma to those in need. Across the country, Canadian Plasma Resources collects plasma donations for medical treatments, helping trauma victims and immunocompromised patients to live healthy, full lives. That being said, it makes sense that you might have some questions about how CPR prioritizes your health and safety throughout the donation process. In this blog, we’re diving into the plasma donation process, to outline how CPR works to ensure a smooth and safe donation process.

Plasma Donation: The Basics

Plasma is the liquid component of your blood that carries vital nutrients, hormones, and proteins throughout your body. Donating plasma is a relatively straightforward process that involves separating this liquid portion from your blood, returning the red blood cells to your body, while the plasma is collected via a plasmapheresis machine. The collected plasma is then used to manufacture essential medical products for essential and life-saving treatments.

Is Plasma Donation Safe?

The short answer – yes! And we’ve broken down why: 

CPR’s Rigorous Screening Process: Canadian Plasma Resources follows a strict screening process to ensure the safety of both donors and recipients. Donors undergo a thorough medical history review and physical examination to identify any potential risks, to your health and to those who would be receiving your plasma donation.

Health Requirements: To donate plasma, individuals must meet certain health criteria. Donors must be in good health, within a specified age range, and meet weight requirements. These standards help to minimize the risks associated with donating plasma.

Sterile Environment: The actual plasma collection process is conducted in a sterile, clean and controlled environment, to reduce the risk of infection or contamination.

Skilled Professionals: CPR employs skilled healthcare professionals who are trained to perform plasma collection safely and efficiently (while making the experience as pleasant as possible for you!)

The Benefits of Plasma Donation

Plasma donation is a vital part of medical treatments for patients with rare and life-threatening conditions, like hemophilia, immune deficiencies, and certain neurological disorders. By donating plasma, you can contribute to reducing the cost of medical treatments for patients in Canada, because locally sourced plasma is more affordable than imported plasma. Plus, Canadian Plasma Resources offers compensation for your time and effort as a donor. To learn more about our compensation plan, and to sign up for your plasma donation appointment today, click on the link below.