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Plasma Apheresis


Plasmapheresis is a special donation because it allows you to give twice as much plasma as you can from a whole blood donation.   Plasma is the liquid portion of blood which carries blood cells through the body.

Why is My Type Needed?

A person with type AB blood is considered a universal donor for plasma.  Yet, only 4% of the population has AB blood so shortages are common.

You can only give red cells to other people with type AB blood, but your plasma can be transfused to virtually anyone!

Who Needs My Plasma?

Plasma often is used for:

newborn babies trauma victims
burn victims

patients who have undergone
transplant or heart surgery; and
people with rare blood disorders, bleeding problems and certain neurological diseases.

What
Happens
During
My
Plasma
Donation?


Blood is drawn from your arm and passed through a collection kit in a blood-separating machine which separates the plasma and returns the rest of your blood ( your red cells, white cells, and platelets ) to you.

This life-saving procedure takes about 30 minutes. You can relax in a comfortable reclining chair and watch television while donating.

 


Yes, It's Safe!

Your blood never touches the machine.  Each donation is collected in a prepackaged, sterile, disposable kit that is used once and destroyed.

As with any blood donation, you cannot contract AIDS or any other blood-transmitted disease during a plasmapheresis donation.

Samples of your blood will always be tested in our laboratory before your plasma are transfused to a patient.

One of our trained staff members will be with you throughout your donation.

You can resume normal activities after donating plasma.

 

Where
and
how
often
can
I
give?

Our special automated machine is based in our donor center in West Orange at 401 Pleasant Valley Way, minutes from Route 280 (exit 7).  Appointments are available 6 days a week at convenient hours.

You can donate plasma every 31 days.  You must wait 56 days after giving whole blood.

CLICK HERE to learn about Platelet Apheresis


The Blood Center of New Jersey
45 South Grove Street
East Orange, New Jersey  07018
1-800-NJBLOOD
1-973-676-4700

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