Plasma is the protein-rich liquid of your blood that helps other blood components circulate through your body, supports your immune system, and promotes the control of excessive bleeding.Hospital staff can use plasma donations to help patients with:
- Some bleeding disorders
- Liver diseases
- Some operations
- Cancer and bone marrow therapy
Any healthy individual who meets Canadian Blood Services eligibility criteria can donate plasma. This includes being at least 17 years of age,and weighing a minimum of 50 kg/110 lbs.
If your blood type is AB, then you are a universal donor for plasma. This is the most in demand type, as it can be used for recipients of any blood type. However, all blood types are needed and gratefully accepted.
Lastly, while a history of regular donations is preferred, newcomers are also welcome.
Those with type O Negative blood are universal red blood cell donors and are encouraged to make blood donations instead.