Should I donate plasma

German Red Cross

Blood plasma is the liquid component of blood alongside blood cells.
It consists of 90% water and contains practically all the important substances that are transported in the blood.

Plasma is mainly required for the production of important drugs that are administered to patients whose blood can no longer fully fulfill its function due to illness, e.g. in the case of blood clotting disorders or life-threatening immune deficiencies.

In the case of plasma donation, the blood is taken from the donor and immediately broken down into its individual components in a special device (plasmapheresis device) during the donation. The blood components separated from the plasma (e.g. Red, White blood cells) are returned directly to the donor. This process usually takes time 30 to 45 minutes.

Since the blood cells are returned in the case of a plasma donation, a relatively short donation interval is possible. You can perform up to 60 plasmapheresis per year with us. There must be at least 2 calendar days between two donations.

However, we recommend that you keep a donation interval of about 7 days. In this way, the donations can be distributed evenly over the whole year.

The need for plasma cannot be met by donating whole blood alone. Plasma donations can be carried out more frequently and in addition to whole blood donations, whereby 660 ml of plasma can be obtained through one plasma donation alone. Therefore, every blood donor should think twice about whether he or she would like to help by donating plasma in addition to donating whole blood.