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What is Plasma?
Your blood is made up of several components, including red cells, white cells, platelets, and plasma. Plasma makes up the liquid portion of your blood. It contains important proteins that are responsible for vital functions such as helping your blood to clot and defending your body against infections. Plasma is quickly and easily restored by your body.
Blood plasma, or simply "plasma," consists mostly of water and a small amount of proteins and antibodies. Those proteins are what Grifols uses to produce medicines that help treat people with a variety of life-threatening diseases, illnesses, and conditions. While each of our donors may have different reasons for donating plasma, all of them make their donations through the same method: plasmapheresis.
Plasma: A Source of Life
Plasma contains hundreds of essential proteins and antibodies that are vital in the body's ability to maintain critical functions, including controlling bleeding and fighting infections. Without enough of any one of these proteins, a person could have or develop a life-threatening illness, such as an immune deficiency, genetic emphysema, hemophilia, rabies or tetanus.
Plasma-protein medicines, made from the plasma of caring donors like you, are the best way to restore and replace any deficiencies of these critical plasma proteins. The proteins found in plasma that are extracted and purified into life-saving treatments are unique to the human body. Some of these proteins can't be synthetically created or replicated in a lab. And considering that many patients depend on plasma-based medications for lifelong treatment of their illnesses, there continues to be a need for committed plasma donors to help treat these patients.
That's why your donations are so important.
To learn more about plasma or to find a donation center near you, please visit: