People donate plasma every day. Your plasma will be collected by trained medical professionals, in a sterile environment. Donating plasma is a safe process. Most healthy adults can donate blood and plasma with no side effects. Some people may have minor side effects like dehydration, fatigue or dizziness. We will screen the Donors to collecting plasma to make sure they are good candidates.
To donate plasma for use in COVID-19 patients, you must have been sick with COVID-19 and completely recovered. You should have been free of symptoms for two weeks.
Plasma is the clear liquid portion of blood that remains after blood cells, platelets, and other cellular components are removed. It contains water, salts, antibodies, and other proteins. It is collected from healthy, voluntary donors through a process called plasmapheresis. Plasma is regularly collected to produce therapies to treat people with many types of disorders, including immunodeficiency, hemophilia and trauma, such as burns or shock.
You must have a pre-donation medical examination which includes answering medical history questions, tests for viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis and evaluating your hemoglobin levels.
Most people compare the feeling of the needle to a mild bee sting or pinprick.
The process usually takes around 30- 45 minutes.
You can donate 500ml (1 pint) of blood
Each patient requires 200 ml of plasma.
It’s advised to refrain from alcohol consumption 24-48 hours before plasma donation.
A baby contains genetic material from both the mother and the father. So, when a woman gets pregnant, she develops antibodies against the father’s genetic material [human leukocyte antigen]. This HLA antibody can lead to a transfusion related complication called Transfusion related acute lung injury (TRALI). Covid-19 patients already have compromised lungs, plasma with HLA antibody might increase their chances of lung damage.