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The plasma donation procedure

 

The procedure by which plasma is obtained has a technical name in medicine - plasmapheresis. When the plasma is being drawn off all the own red and white blood cells are returned to the donor immediately.

A needle is inserted in the arm in the same way as when making blood donations and the blood goes through a centrifuge and a filter. The blood is separated out into blood cells and plasma components by centrifuging it. While the plasma is collected in a container the blood cells are returned to the donor by the extraction tube.

Any contact with other blood or other materials is ruled out entirely by the exclusive use of disposable articles in this process.

The quantity donated is dependent on body weight (max. 700 ml, without anticoagulant). The plasma donation session lasts about 45 minutes.

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