Plasmapheresis Donation

By making a specialty donation of plasma—using an automated apheresis (AY-fur-EE-sis) process—you give more of the proteins and nutrients found in this valuable blood component to cardiac surgery patients, burn victims, and others with various types of bleeding or clotting disorders. Plasma also can be used to make special medications to help patients with weakened immune systems resist infection and disease.

  • Types most needed:  A+, A-, B+, B-, AB+, AB- (males only)
  • Type AB donors are in high demand, especially AB+ donors (universal plasma donors) whose plasma can be given to everyone in need
  • Donate plasma every 28 days; two days later, you can donate whole blood. You must wait 56 days to donate again after giving whole blood. 
  • Approximate donation time: 75 minutes

Plasmapheresis FAQ

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  • Why donate plasma?

  • What is plasmapheresis donation?

  • How long does the process take?

  • How often can I donate?

  • Are there special eligibility requirements?

  • Who can safely donate plasma?

  • Why does Memorial Blood Centers elect to receive plasma from only males?

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Contact us at 1-888-GIVE-BLD for additional information.
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