How Does Plasma Save Lives?

September 22, 2017

While the way in which a blood donation is used to save lives is fairly straightforward and easy to understand if you’re not a medical professional, the power that a plasma donation possesses is fairly unheard of amongst the general population. In fact, many people are unaware that plasma is even something that they can donate.

One of the major components of blood, plasma is the straw-coloured liquid portion of blood in which all blood cells are suspended. Making up approximately 55% of a humans total blood volume, the protein-rich fraction of plasma is harnessed to manufacture life-saving therapies for individuals suffering from a variety of illnesses.

It is through these therapies that plasma helps to save lives. But what illnesses do plasma protein products treat?

Here is a collection of some diseases and ailments that Canadians are suffering from, and that your donation goes towards aiding:

  • Primary Immunodeficiency Disease (PID)
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Hereditary Angioedema
  • Hemophilia A
  • Hemophilia B
  • Von Willebrand Disease
  • Antithrombin III Deficiency

Plasma-Derived Therapies Used In Emergency Care

In addition to treating the aforementioned illnesses, plasma is also extremely effective in treating burns, shocks, trauma, major surgery complications, liver conditions, organ transplants, RH Incompatibility, pediatric HIV, hepatitis, animal bites, autoimmune diseases, cardiopulmonary issues, and even more.

Book Your Appointment Today

At Canadian Plasma Resources, we value our donors and their commitment to giving back immensely. Understanding that plasma is a resource that they can give, our donors recognize that by donating, they are helping to positively affect countless lives across our country that have been touched by illness.

If you’re looking to pay it forward and become a plasma donor, drop us a line and book your first donation appointment today!