Biotest Plasma aims at catering to donors who donate their plasma which in turns assists in the manufacture of health products that treat or improve the health of different patients with rare, genetic and chronic diseases. Donation of plasma is easy and safe, and the donors can get the satisfaction that they’re saving lives and also some compensation every time they donate. For one to be able to make a plasma donation, they must attain certain requirements so as to be able to donate healthy plasma and also maintain their health.
Eligibility of plasma donation
For you to be a successful plasma donation candidate, you need to have met some requirements to get considered. First of all, you must:
- Have a weight of at least 110 Ibs.
- Have an overall good health.
- You should also be 18 and over.
- You must be of sound mind and also give consent to the plasma donation.
If you’re a new donor you should:
- Have in possession documents with their INS number or social security number.
- Have a valid photo of the student, driver’s license or military ID showing a current local address.
Plasma donation health guidelines include:
- Taking lots of water on the day of the donation and also before it. Donation time will significantly get reduced by drinking lots of fluids.
- Maintain a balanced diet and avoid beverages with caffeine and alcohol.
- Foods like whole milk, cheese, hot dogs, and so on should be avoided before the donation.
- Your protein and iron levels should get well-maintained by eating a balanced diet.
- After the donation, it’s also advised you take more fluids to replenish the body fluids.
What happens at Biotest Plasma during a plasma donation process?
Once you reach Biotest Plasma, you’ll go through some simple check-in processes so as to start the plasma donation process which usually takes some few hours (two to five hours). The receptionist will prepare a file for you where you will then undergo a brief physical examination on the first visit which is usually free of charge and is aimed at the maintenance of good health.
Afterward, a professional technician will extract a small blood sample from the finger that allows for the checking of the protein and iron levels to ensure that you’re safe to have the donation done.
You’ll get placed in the donation area where the technician will insert a needle into your arm for the actual donation to start, and it typically takes around 30 to 40 minutes for the blood to get extracted. You can read, watch TV or study as the procedure takes place. It’s painless.
After the procedure is done, you can then go to the compensation area where you’ll get some little compensation for your time and support to the health community.
What are the plasma donation side effects?
Plasma donation is done by donating blood, where plasma are separated from the cells. If you’re used to donating plasma regularly, some of the plasma donation side effects you might end up experiencing include fatigue, dehydration, rapid pulse, chest pain, sore arm or dizziness. These side effects are usually just for a short time and might last for a few hours or even a day or two depending on how much you replenish yourself with liquids and solids.
What’s the difference between blood donation and plasma donation?
Blood comprises a lot of components such as red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Plasma donation is aimed at extracting the plasma component from the blood with an intent of using it for a particular purpose whereas the donation of blood is done with a purpose of helping patients in need of extra blood due to different traumas or health conditions who only need a specific blood type.
What’s a Biotest Plasma card?
The Biotest Plasma card can be simply referred to as the method of compensation to donors where after every donation, funds get automatically transferred to the donor’s card facilitating for secure, safe and convenient access to funds.
Biotest Plasma Centers
There are a number of Biotest Plasma Centers throughout the various states. Some of the places where one can find a Biotest Plasma Center include Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, New Mexico and much more.
This is simply the follow-up after the blood donation procedure. Some patients might not end up coping well with the plasma donation and might experience some side effects for some time which if left unmonitored might cause harm to the individual. Therefore, nurses or technicians will monitor your condition after the process and determine whether it’s okay to get discharged from the Biotest Plasma Center or not. They might ask you to rest for a while. If the effects are dire than expected, you might end up spending the night which is rare.