Blood plasma can be used to treat hemophilia, Hepatitis B and immune diseases, as well as provide relief from burns, shock and trauma. By donating your plasma, you help facilitate these lifesaving treatments. Irving residents have a convenient plasma donation facility in town, with additional sites nearby. People of all blood types can donate plasma, but people with AB blood make highly prized donors as their plasma can be given to those with any blood type.
Prepare your body for plasma donation, as what you eat and drink will help your body recover quickly from the donation. Drink plenty of water the day before and the day of the donation to keep your body hydrated. Eat a balanced meal at least three hours before donation and avoid fatty foods (like fast food, fried food or cheeses). Also avoid alcohol and caffeine before donation.
Gather your documentation together. In order to donate plasma, you'll need to present a valid social security card and proof of identification such as a license.
Head to the nearest blood bank. Irving residents have Carter Blood Care at 3557 North Belt Line Road. While this is the only paid plasma donation option in town, Irving residents can also consider the donation options in Grand Prairie and Arlington, 12 and 15 miles away, respectively. See the Resources section in this article for address information for these options.
Check in at the plasma donation center. Provide proof of identification and complete a brief questionnaire.
Go through a basic medical screening. Have your vital signs and hematocrit (the space within your blood that's taken up by red blood cells) measured. You'll go through a basic screening each time you give plasma, but the first time, you'll also need to have a comprehensive physical, which must be repeated once a year. After the medical screening and physical, you're ready for donation.
Allow the medical staff to prepare you for donation. They will stick a needle in your arm; this will draw the blood from your body and extract the plasma from it. Once the plasma has been removed, the blood will go back into your body. Once the plasma sac is full, the nurses will remove the needle.
Give yourself five minutes to recover, so you won't feel woozy when you stand. Once you're on your feet, head to the reception area to check out and receive your cash.
Plasma donors must weigh at least 110 lbs. and be 18 to 65 years old.
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