Welcome to plasma

Thanks for becoming a plasma donor. Every donation you make is another opportunity to help more Australians enjoy a better quality of life, with plasma being used in eighteen life-giving treatments.

Here’s some information on how donating plasma works and who you’re helping – so you’re all set to start making a real difference.

How it works

Apheresis, it might sound complicated, but it’s just another word for how collect your plasma.

While you’re resting in a comfortable chair, a special machine draws blood from your arm. The machine separates the blood out to collect the plasma. After that, we return the rest of your blood to you through the same needle.

How long does it take?

It takes around 45 minutes to donate plasma, but it’s a good idea to allow up to one and a half hours for the whole appointment. While you’re donating, you’ll be able to sit back and relax on a comfy couch while you read, catch up on your favourite TV shows or just enjoy some uninterrupted down time.

How much plasma will I give?

It depends on your height and weight, but never more than 800mL.

Is the needle the same size as a blood donation?

Yes, it is. Just like when you’re donating blood, we only use the one.

What does it feel like?

Most plasma donors say they feel great giving plasma – and not just because they know their donation will soon be made into many life-giving treatments.

Every now and then a donor might feel a cold sensation when we’re returning their blood in saline (the solution used to replace the plasma withdrawn), but we always have plenty of warm blankets on hand if this happens to you.

As always, a trained nurse will be supervising the donation.

How often can I donate plasma?

You can donate as regularly as every two weeks.

Will I still be asked to donate blood?

It really depends on your blood type, but depending on patient demand we might ask you to donate blood.

How do I prepare?

The same way you would for a regular blood donation. This means:

Drinking plenty of fluids the day before you donate (especially if the weather’s warm). On the day before you donate, we recommend 8 glasses of fluid if you’re a woman and 10 glasses if you’re a man.

  • Having regular meals in the 12 hours beforehand, and eating a substantial meal in the 3 hours leading up to your donation
  • Drinking three large glasses of water or juice in the 3 hours before you donate
  • Having your ID handy at the appointment.

Who you’re helping

Today, plasma can be used in eighteen life-giving ways, from treating serious burns and cancer, to protecting people with brain or blood disorders. It’s also always being developed to help in more ways so that tomorrow, your plasma can help even more Australians enjoy a better quality of life.

We’re here to help

If you have any questions or need to reschedule your appointment, feel free to give us a call on 13 14 95.

We look forward to seeing you at your donation!

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