The Ultimate Guide To Plasma Donation
Plasma can be a very rewarding way to make money. There are not many ways in this world to do a good thing while profiting, so take full advantage of the opportunity.
Before you begin on the road of plasma donation though, there are many things that you should probably know. Take a look.
Let’s start with the basics. You have probably heard of donating plasma but you may not actually know what the plasma is really all about.
What is plasma?
Simply speaking, plasma is the liquid part of our blood. It makes up roughly 55 percent of the total mass in our blood with the rest being platelets, red blood cells and white blood cells.
The composition of plasma is over 90 percent water. The rest is a combination of proteins, gamma globulin, anti-hemophilic factor, salts, fats, sugars, hormones and vitamins.
Plasma has a number of purposes in the body. It provides volume to your blood to maintain blood pressure. It supplies proteins for clotting. It carries electrolytes to our muscles. And, among other things, it helps to maintain a proper ph level in the body.
Obviously, plasma is very important to the health of the human body.
What is plasma used for?
In its donated form, plasma is given to patients who need their blood volume boosted. It is very useful to burn and shock patients for this reason. It is also helpful to those who can not have clotting deficiencies.
In modified form, plasma is used by pharmaceutical companies in the creation of treatments for blood clotting, immune deficiencies, burns, rabies, dialysis, liver disease and much more.
It is indeed a very useful substance but one that is available in limited supply. Very few people who can donate plasma do so. This is why it is so important for people like yourself to donate if they have the time and ability.
The Plasma Donation Process
Okay, by now, you can see how important plasma really is. Now, take a look at how you go about donating it.
Who can donate plasma?
The FDA sets guidelines for who can donate plasma and how much they can donate. You can read about it here, but it is a pretty boring read. Hear is a summary.
Rules for plasma donation are similar to those for blood donation. In general, you must be over the age of 18, 19 in some states and you must weigh over 110 pounds. You must be in generally good health and you will be screened for risk factors such as recent tattoos or travel to dangerous areas.
Your weight will also be used to determine how much plasma that you can donate. The bigger you are, the more blood you have and thus the more plasma you can give.
Where do you donate?
There are many for profit companies that allow you to donate plasma. These are the companies that will pay you for your donation.
If you want to get paid for your donation, you need to find one of these establishments. If you donate at a charity like Red Cross, you will not get paid.
Donating to a charity is good, but the entire point of this is to solve a problem, you need some cash. Without the cash, many people would not even be donating so paying for plasma gets results. Do not feel guilty for taking money for your donation.
Now, to find a plasma donation center. Do a search for plasma donation on Google and you should be able to find one near you. Make sure that they mention payments on their website.
On the day of the donation be sure to dress comfortably and bring a government ID and a social security card. It is a good idea to check with your donation center for any additional requirements.
Before you donate.
Just like with whole blood donation, you need to prepare yourself before making a donation. This basically means make sure that you are feeling good.
Make sure that you are well hydrated. Your hydration level affects the volume of your blood, pulse, blood pressure, etc. Make sure that you drink enough water that your urine runs clear. this is how you know that you are hydrated.
A note on getting hydrated. Do this well before you arrive and then cut back on the water an hour before your donation. Remember, you will be strapped to a machine and will be unable to get to the bathroom quickly.
Along with water, make sure to also get in a good meal within a few hours of the donation. This will keep your blood sugar stable and you will be a much happier person.
Finally, make sure to avoid a few things before you donate. Alcohol should be avoided and caffeine should be limited. If you use tobacco products, stop using them one hour before your donation.
The donation process.
If you have ever given blood, the donation process is very similar. A needle is placed into a vein in your arm. If you are not good with needles, you can simply look away. The feeling is just like a mild sting, most will not be bothered by it.
The difference with a plasma donation is that they return stuff to you. They use a process called plasmapheris to remove the liquid portion or plasma from your blood. They then return the rest along with saline.
Because you get your red blood cells back during the process, you do not have the lightheaded feeling that often accompanies whole blood donation. This is also the reason that you can donate plasma much more often than you can whole blood.
The entire donation process takes about 45 minutes on average. Just a bit longer than a whole blood donation.
After you donate plasma.
After care instructions are very similar to those given when you give whole blood. Although side effects of plasma donation are much more minor, you should still take care of yourself.
For starters, you will need to re-hydrate. They will give you back some saline during the donation process but you still will have lost some blood volume. Drink plenty of water to get yourself back to normal.
Also, have a good meal or snack within 2 hours of donating. This will give your body the energy to fully recuperate.
Finally, continue to avoid tobacco product use for 30 minutes after the donation and avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours. You did a good thing, time to take it easy.
Getting Paid For Plasma Donation
Now, on to the best part, getting the money you need.
How much can you get paid?
This depends on many factors. Your location, current demand and your weight. The more you weigh, the more you can donate.
Based on your weight, you will be put into one of three categories. 110 to 149 pounds, 150 to 174 pounds and 175 pounds and higher. The bigger you are, the more you will make.
Pay for donation ranges from about $25 per donation to $50 per donation. Since most donations take about 45 minutes, that translates into $33 to $66 an hour.
How often can you donate plasma?
This again will vary from facility to facility but most private for profit donation centers will allow you to donate up to twice a week. That means that you can make between 50 and $100 a week just from donating plasma.
If you donate at the maximum level of 2 times a week, all year long, you can make between 2600 dollars to 5200 dollars a year. Roughly three thousand dollars for doing a good deed.