Plasma donation can be a little confusing, but we’re here to answer all of your questions to ensure a safe collection.

Who can donate?

Generally, plasma donors must be 18 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds (50kg). All individuals must pass a medical examination, a medical history screening, and testing for transmissible viruses before their donated plasma can be used to manufacture plasma protein therapies.

What type of medical screening and testing is done?

You must have a pre-donation physical which includes answering medical history questions, tests for viruses such as HIV and hepatitis, and evaluating your protein and hemoglobin levels.

Is donating plasma safe?

Yes. Your plasma donation is performed in a highly controlled, sterile environment by professionally trained medical staff. All plasma collection equipment that comes into contact with you is used only once to eliminate the possibility of transmitting viral infections.

Does it hurt?

Most people compare the feeling of the needle to a mild bee sting. You will also be required to have a finger stick test each time you donate so the collection center medical staff can evaluate your protein and hemoglobin levels.

How long does it take?

Your first donation will take approximately two hours. Return visits on average take about 90 minutes.

How do you get my plasma?

Donating plasma is similar to giving blood. A needle is placed into a vein in your arm. Plasma is collected through a process called plasmapheresis and is conducted in cycles that may take up to an hour. Whole blood is drawn, then the plasma is separated from the red blood cells and other cellular components. These cells are returned to your body with sterile saline solution to help the body replace the plasma removed from the whole blood.

What do you do with my plasma?

Nearly 500 different types of proteins have been found in human blood plasma. Approximately 150 of these may be used for diagnosing disease or manufacturing therapies.

What should I expect during my first time donating?

For your first time donating, you will receive a physical examination. You will also need to fill out a Donor History Questionnaire (which you will need to fill out on subsequent visits as well).

How often can I donate?

Donors are able to donate plasma twice in a seven-day period, and require at least one day in between donations.

Do I need an appointment?

Olgam Life is a walk-in facility, so you do not need an appointment to donate.

What do I need to bring with me to donate?

  • Current photo I.D.
  • Social Security or Border Crossing ID
  • Proof of local address
  • Any official form containing Social Security Number (i.e. W2 or tax return)

How are payments distributed?

Payments are distributed onto a debit card, which is then added to on subsequent donations.

No appointment necessary. Walk-ins welcome!