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plasma

frequently asked questions

plasma

  1. How often can I donate plasma?
  2. How long does a plasma donation take?
  3. Why doesn’t the blood clot during a plasmapheresis donation?
  4. Once I start donating plasma, can I still donate blood?
  5. What if I change my mind about donating plasma?
  6. What if I am not eligible to donate plasma?

1. How often can I donate plasma?

A: Plasma donors are eligible to donate weekly. New plasma donors are encouraged to donate at least once per month.

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2. How long does a plasma donation take?

A plasmapheresis appointment takes about an hour and a half. The plasma donation itself takes approximately 35 to 45 minutes to complete.

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3. Why doesn’t the blood clot during a plasmapheresis donation?

During a plasmapheresis donation, a fluid (anticoagulant) is added to the blood to prevent clotting. Also, the donation process is a closed system, so the blood does not come into contact with oxygen, which causes the blood to clot.

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4. Once I start donating plasma, can I still donate blood?

If you wish to donate blood after donating plasma, then you will need to wait 56 days before donating blood. If you wish to donate plasma after donating blood, then you will need to wait 56 days before donating plasma. Canadian Blood Services recommends staying committed to one or the other.

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5. What if I change my mind about donating plasma?

Donors are welcome to try different donation types to see which one they like best. At Canadian Blood Services, we offer the opportunity to donate blood, plasma and platelets (locations vary.)

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6. What if I am not eligible to donate plasma?

Each and every donation is valuable and helps save lives! Blood is just as important as plasma and Canadian Blood Services appreciates every donor’s generosity and commitment.

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