Plasma Donations

Plasma bags

Plasma is used to treat people who have lost a lot of blood from accidents or other trauma and people who have severe bleeding during surgery.

Plasma is also used to create up to 13 life-saving blood products which help to:

  • boost the immune system of people who have low levels of antibodies
  • control some autoimmune disorders where the patient’s own immune system is attacking their own tissues
  • provide special clotting factor concentrates for some people with haemophilia and other bleeding disorders.

New Zealand now requires much more plasma than can be obtained from regular donations alone, so if you are eligible to give plasma please ask about it next time you come into donate.

Plasma donor criteria:

  • Aged 18 to 60 years
  • Height and weight restrictions apply for plasma donors – please enquire at one of the Donor Centres below
  • Have donated blood at least once in the last two years with good flow and no adverse reactions
  • Meet donor eligibility criteria
  • Blood groups: O+, A+, A-, B+, B-, AB+ and AB-.

Benefits

  • Donating plasma by apheresis enables a larger volume to be collected than from one whole blood donation. This is valuable as it helps meet the demand for products made from plasma.
  • There is also minimal risk of iron depletion because red blood cells are returned to the donor.

 
Next steps

To learn more or to sign up to be a plasma donor, please contact one of the following Donor Centres:

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