Tips & FAQ’s

Please drink plenty of water prior to your visit.

Your plasma can help save a life! Plasma is used to produce and develop life-saving therapies for thousands of patients with rare diseases, immune deficiency and blood disorders. Plasma cannot be produced in a laboratory, so the power to make a difference depends on the generosity and commitment of plasma donors like you.

You will be financially compensated for each successful plasma donation. A debit card will be loaded and given to the donor upon successful completion.

Your initial visit and plasma donation will take about 3 to 4 hours. First time donors are required to complete a health history questionnaire, verify ID, have a blood test and pass a brief physical exam before proceeding to the actual plasma donation process. Subsequent visits average 1½ to 2 hours.

The most common side effects of donation includes bruising at the site of donation or becoming light headed or dizzy. However, it is important to remember that plasmapheresis is a medical procedure and should be taken seriously. It is highly recommended to drink plenty of water before donating.

You must bring a government issued ID (such as driver’s license), your Social Security card, and proof of residency (a piece of mail addressed to you at your current address, such as a utility bill, which has been postmarked within the past 30 days). The name on your photo ID must be an exact match to the name on your Social Security card (or individual taxpayer ID number (ITIN). Otherwise you will not be able to donate.

You do not need to make an appointment. First time donors must arrive at the center 2 hours prior to closing time. No exceptions, we are sorry.

You may not donate while pregnant or breastfeeding.

A plasma donor is allowed to give up to two donations within a 7 day period, with at least 48 hours between donations.

You may donate plasma 8 weeks after whole blood donation.

If you have questions concerning your donation eligibility due to medications and/ or existing medical conditions, please click on the Contact Us link and your questions will be answered by a member of our medical staff or center directors.

If a prospective donor does not meet the qualifications during their health screening, they will be deferred from donating. A donor may be temporarily deferred (during illness or other medical condition that is temporary in nature) or permanently deferred (due to a medical condition or disease which could compromise the donors health or the quality of the plasma product on an ongoing basis).