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The power is in your plasma

What is plasma?

Plasma is a powerful and versatile part of your blood.

Blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. Plasma is the liquid portion and makes up 55% of your blood, and contains important proteins, nutrients and clotting factors.

What happens after it’s donated?

All donations are sent to one of four processing centres across Australia, where each donation is checked and tested, and then snap frozen to preserve its life-giving components. It’s sent to Melbourne, where thousands of donations are combined and carefully thawed to liquid form.

The pooled plasma goes through a process called fractionation, which isolates, purifies and concentrates plasma proteins to produce the 18 different life-giving treatments.

How does it help?

Today, plasma can be used in 18 life-giving ways, from treating serious burns and cancer, to protecting people with brain or blood disorders.

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Many patients rely on regular plasma treatments for their health, some as often as every week.

Plasma is always being developed in new ways, so tomorrow it can help even more Australian patients.

Hayley receives regular plasma treatments. Read more about her story. 

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