The first time you donate at LFB Plasma (and each year thereafter) you will be given a brief physical examination. During the examination, a medical professional will record your blood pressure, pulse, and heart beat. You will also be asked a series of questions to make sure you are healthy and eligible to donate.
You are now ready to donate. You will be led into the donation room and seated on a recliner. A trained staff member will extract your plasma into a sterile bottle and return your red and white cells at the same process. This process takes between 35-50 minutes. All the medical supplies used at LFB Plasma are sterile and are used only once and immediately discarded.
It is important to take care of yourself after your donation. While plasmapheresis has little to no side-effect, plasma proteins take 24-48 hours to replenish. Having a meal and a large glass of water after each donation will help to replenish plasma.
- Ensure you are well hydrated: drink 4-6 eight-ounce glasses of water, fruit juice or other caffeine-free liquid at least 2-3 hours before donation
- Avoid caffeinated beverages
- Avoid nicotine or alcohol
- Eat a well-balanced, non-fatty meal
- Get adequate sleep