Plasma is the liquid part of human blood that constitutes 90% of water and proteins. This substance is responsible in binding all the blood components together and distribution of various substances in the human body. It makes up to 10% - 12% of the blood and contains substances like nutrients, clotting agents, albumin (it is a major protein of human blood) etc.
This substance not only work wonders in the human body alone, but also can be useful in developing various therapies, vaccines and medication to treat the patients that are suffering from chronic diseases by extracting it from human body. This substance is stored in frozen state when taken out from the human body and is used for making medicines for treating patients.
There are various Plasma Donation Center set up in the United States where people can go for Donating Plasma. These Plasma Donation Centers use specially designed equipment that separates this substance from the blood and then returns the rest of the blood to the donor. The actual procedure takes about one hour, but the entire donation process generally lasts an hour and a half from start to finish. All healthy fit adults can donate this live saving substance either for money or as for a human cause. These Plasma Donation Centers also pay to the donors for donation from their body, so it can be a safer way to earn money for people who are looking to make some extra dollars. However there are some exceptions for the donors who are Donating Plasma at these centers.
Here are few of the donor requirements that these Plasma Donation Centers look for:
Donors must be most preferably males, as females are weak when compared to men.Donors must be at least 16 years of age or above. Parental permission is required for 16 year young donors.Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds. Also, the body weight determines the quantity you can donate, so more the body weight the more one can donate. However, those with a high level of fats in their blood will not be accepted as a donor.Donors must have an adequate blood iron level.Donors must have clear medical records. Prior to your donation, a complete medical history will be taken along with physical examination of blood and other sugar levels of the body.People suffering from asthma, diabetes, AIDS, hepatitis, jaundice or leukemia cannot be accepted as donors.Persons who have undergone a surgical procedure of any kind are not applicable for donating plasma, as there should be a waiting period after surgery before one can do any such donation. Prior to which they are not accepted for donations.Patients who have active illness, even a cold or flu, cannot donate until they are completely well.Donors must give donations for every 28 days of the prior one. There must be minimum gap of such time in each donation.
However, donating plasma is somewhat like donating scalp hair to make natural wigs. Plasma, like hair, is part of your body that will grow back without repercussion. Though donating of this substance can result in little of dizziness and weakness to the donors. It is recommended to take huge intake of liquids o juices before and after the donation.
Certainly, you should not lightly make a decision to become a donor. Check whether you are healthy enough and have rich and sufficient diet intake before donating. Also ask yourself if any of the ethical concerns about donating plasma trouble you. If you can balance the benefits and the drawback both, then go donate it!