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First time donating plasma, what can I expect?

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Dr. Donald Alves
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In brief: All vs component

Whole blood donation collects red cells, plasma, platelets--which can be separated and used.
Plasma collection (/apheresis) uses a machine to separate reds / platelets from carrier fluid--golden ylw fluid (/plasma). The cells are returned to you in saline (salt water) and the plasma is collected. Plasma can be donated every 28 days.

In brief: All vs component

Whole blood donation collects red cells, plasma, platelets--which can be separated and used.
Plasma collection (/apheresis) uses a machine to separate reds / platelets from carrier fluid--golden ylw fluid (/plasma). The cells are returned to you in saline (salt water) and the plasma is collected. Plasma can be donated every 28 days.
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