Donating plasma

Donating plasma

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Here’s what you need to know about plasma and how a local business extracts it.

Plasma is the liquid part of the blood, which is about 90 percent water.

Plasma is frozen at minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit and has a shelf life of 10 years.

Bio-Medics uses machines to extract plasma in 250-milliliter draws. That’s about 81‚Ñ3 fluid ounces. The donated amount is broken down by weight.

Donors receive compensation each time they complete a successful donation.

Plasma is used to develop pharmaceutical drugs.

Source: Bio-Medics Plasma Center, Youngstown