Plasma is the pale yellow, liquid component of blood that contains clotting factors and other nutrients and transports cells throughout the bloodstream. Plasma helps replace lost fluids and other blood proteins in burn victims. Plasma products are also used in the treatment of bleeding disorders, liver failure and severe infections.
Plasma donors are eligible to donate every 29 days.
The qualifications for plasma donors are similar to those for whole blood donations. The minimum age is 18 (16 or 17 with signed parental consent form*). Plasma donors must weigh at least 125 pounds.
LifeSource collects plasma at the following donor centers: