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Thank you for your interest in becoming an Olgam Life donor!  You are welcome to stop by at any time, no appointment necessary.

Just be sure to bring:

1. Your current, unexpired ID
2. Proof of address within 50 miles of a center (a piece of mail or a bill with your full name and address will do)
3. Your social security card or a tax document with your full name and SSN displayed

The center will help you complete a health questionnaire and conduct a quick physical to determine your eligibility. After each successful donation, you will be paid between $50-$60 in NYC and between $50-$140 in Florida.

We hope to see you soon!

June 5, 2024

The Do's and Don'ts of Plasma Donation

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Plasma donation is a vital process that helps save lives by providing essential components for various medical treatments. Understanding the best practices, common mistakes, and ways to enhance your donation experience can make the process smoother and more effective. This article will guide you through the do's and don'ts of plasma donation, ensuring you're well-prepared and comfortable before, during, and after your donation. By following these guidelines, you can maximize the benefits of your donation and minimize any potential discomfort or complications.

At Olgam Life, we are committed to ensuring a safe and comfortable experience for our donors, offering exceptional care and support throughout the donation process

Best Practices for Before, During, and After Donation

Becoming a plasma donor is a great way to contribute to lifesaving medical treatments. Proper preparation and care can enhance your donation experience, ensuring it is both smooth and effective. Here’s all you need to know:

Before Donation:

💧Hydration: Drink plenty of water (at least 32 ounces) a few hours before the appointment. Proper hydration helps maintain blood volume and makes the donation process smoother.

❤️‍🩹Healthy Diet: Eat protein- and iron-rich foods such as lean meats, beans, and leafy greens. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as they can dehydrate you, and limit nicotine intake.

💤Sleep: Ensure you get 8 hours of sleep the night before your appointment. Adequate rest is crucial for your body's recovery.

📃Documents: Bring a government-issued ID, proof of address, and your social security number. These documents are essential for verification and eligibility.

👚Comfortable Clothing: Wear a short-sleeved shirt or sleeves that can be rolled up easily to facilitate the donation process.

During Donation:

🧘Relaxation Techniques: Use Applied Muscle Tension (AMT) exercises to stay relaxed. Bring a book or listen to music to pass the time and keep calm.

🩸Plasma Collection: With plasma donation, you’re giving more than just blood. The plasmapheresis machine will collect your whole blood, separate the plasma, and return the blood cells and platelets to your body. The process is safe and well-monitored.

⌛Time: The donation process typically takes about an hour, followed by a 10-15 minute recovery period where you can rehydrate and rest.

After Donation:

🍃Hydration and Nutrition: Drink plenty of water and have a light meal within two hours of donating to replenish your body's fluids and energy levels.

❌Avoid Alcohol and Nicotine: Refrain from consuming alcohol for at least four hours and tobacco for an hour after donation to avoid dehydration and support recovery.

🛌Rest: Avoid strenuous activities for the rest of the day. Giving your body time to recover is essential.

👋Follow-up: Schedule return visits for consistent donation support and to maintain the lifesaving supply of plasma. Plasma donation matters now more than ever, so get involved!

Iron-Rich Foods for Donors

Food Type


Animal Sources

Lean red meat, poultry, seafood

Plant Sources

Tofu, beans, quinoa, lentils, peas

Vitamin C Boosters

Spinach, broccoli, kale, strawberries

By following these best practices, you can ensure a safe and efficient plasma donation process, unveiling the lifesaving power of plasma donation, of your contribution. This not only aids in vital medical research and treatments but also enhances your overall donation experience.

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Common Mistakes to Avoid

💧Inadequate Hydration

Drinking less than 32 ounces of water before the appointment can lead to dizziness and fainting. Proper hydration is crucial to maintain blood volume and ensure a smooth donation process.

🍴Skipping Meals

Failing to eat a full, healthy meal within two hours before donating can affect your blood sugar levels. Skipping meals can lead to lightheadedness and decreased energy, making the donation experience uncomfortable.

☕Alcohol and Caffeine

Consuming alcohol and caffeine before donation can lead to dehydration, negatively affecting the donation process. Both substances can alter blood pressure and hydration levels, increasing the risk of complications.

🩺Ignoring Health Screening

Not paying attention to health screening requirements such as blood pressure, pulse, and hematocrit levels can result in being deferred from donating. These screenings are essential for ensuring both donor safety and the quality of the plasma collected.

🏃Strenuous Activities

Engaging in heavy lifting or vigorous exercise on the day of donation can strain your body and lead to complications. It's important to rest and avoid physical exertion before and after your appointment.

💁Nutrition Tips:

✔️Include iron-rich foods: Regularly consume foods like lean red meat, beans, and spinach to maintain healthy iron levels. This helps in meeting hematocrit requirements and supports overall well-being.

✔️Stay hydrated: Drink water and low-sugar fruit juice to keep your body well-hydrated. Proper hydration supports circulation and helps in maintaining energy levels throughout the donation process.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure a safer and more comfortable plasma donation experience.

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How to Make Your Donation Experience Better

Preparation Tips:

☑️Schedule Wisely: Avoid peak times at plasma centers to reduce waiting periods. Scheduling your appointment during off-peak hours can make the process quicker and more comfortable.

☑️ Check Olgam Life FAQs: Visit the Olgam Life FAQ page to familiarize yourself with the donation process, requirements, and what to expect. Being well-informed can help you feel more prepared and confident.

On Donation Day:

🪪 Identification: You’ll be greeted by a receptionist who will review your documentation. Bring necessary documents, including a donor card or two forms of ID, to ensure a smooth verification process.

💉Medication List: Inform staff about all medications you're taking to avoid any potential issues or deferrals.

🧑‍🔬Physical Exam: If you’re a first time donor, you’ll be given a brief physical. You’ll be asked to fill out a Donor History Questionnaire, and a center technician will take a small blood sample from your finger to check your protein and hematocrit levels.

☺️Relaxation: Bring something to pass the time, such as a book or music. Keeping yourself entertained can help you stay relaxed and calm during the donation.

🙋🏼‍♀️Sign Up for VIP Donor Program: The whole process for a first-time donation is less than two hours, and subsequent visits are around 90 minutes with a VIP Donor Program for any Returning Donors.

Post-Donation Care:

  • Hydration: Drink extra water and avoid alcohol for 24 hours to support your body’s recovery and prevent dehydration.

  • Light Activity: Engage in light activities and avoid heavy lifting for the rest of the day to allow your body time to recover properly.

By following these tips, you can enhance your plasma donation experience, making it more efficient and comfortable. Remember, you are giving life through plasma donation. We’re here to help demystify the process of plasma donation and debunk the myths!

Following these do's and don'ts can significantly improve your plasma donation experience. Proper preparation, understanding common mistakes, and taking care of yourself before, during, and after donation ensure a smooth and rewarding process. By donating plasma, you contribute to lifesaving treatments and help those in need.

At Olgam Life, we are dedicated to providing top-notch care and support to our donors, ensuring a safe and comfortable donation experience. Our community-focused approach sets us apart, making each donation count towards a greater good.

Have you recognised the value of plasma and are ready to donate? Visit your nearest plasma center today and make a difference. Get in touch now!

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Written by
Sarah Ford