If you are in need of some extra cash but do not have much spare time, consider making a paid plasma donation.
Although the process is a little more complex than that of donating blood, the big advantage is that, unlike with blood, one can make multiple plasma donations a month.
For 3-4 hours weekly, you could donate plasma and get paid up to $280 a month, and by doing so, you will also be helping others and potentially saving lives.
Lets look at this in more detail:
What is Plasma?
Plasma is the liquid component of blood. It is a yellowish color and mainly comprised of water and blood-based proteins.
Amongst other things, it helps to carry vitamins and hormones throughout the body.
Donated plasma can go to some important causes, like assisting burn victims and for treatments of serious disorders, including hemophilia and immune system deficiencies.
It is also used to make disease prevention products to help combat hepatitis B, rabies, and the measles to name a few.
What is the Plasma Donation Process?
You will be comfortably reclined while a needle is placed into the vein of an arm and blood is collected in sterile equipment. The plasma is then separated from the red blood cells, which are then returned to your arm.
The process is fairly painless. You will feel a pinch as the needle is inserted into your vein. While the blood is being drawn and returned to you, you will be able to relax and wait. The procedure will usually take about two hours for the first visit, as you will have to go through a pre-screening and physical examination. After the first donation, the process will be much quicker.
Is Donating Plasma Harmful?
Generally no. All needles used are sterile and opened for the first time when you are in the donation chair. There are some possible side effects including dizziness, fainting, and nausea. By drinking lots of water before the donation, and also eating a regular meal three to four hours beforehand, you will reduce the chances of any of the side effects. After the donation, one should drink plenty of fluids, eat a light meal, and try to avoid alcohol. The body will replace the lost plasma within two days.
How Often Can You Donate Plasma?
Most paid plasma donation centers will allow you to make two donations a week, at least 48 hours apart from each other. There are no restrictions to the amount of yearly donations you can make, although the American Red Cross suggests not making more than twelve a year.
Where Can You Find a Plasma Donation Center?
- You can find paid plasma donation centers by doing a Google search for “donate plasma,” along with your city’s name, or you can check the yellow pages.
- Some blood banks also take plasma.
- College campuses will often have blood and plasma donation centers.
- Listed below in number seven are a some good online directories of donation centers.
- When you have found a center, call to make an appointment and ask how much they will pay. Also, ask about the requirements. Often you will need to bring a government-issued I.D., utility bill with your current address, and your social security card.
How Much do You Get Paid to Donate Plasma?
If you choose to make a plasma donation for money, you should get around $30 per visit. If you have had a hepatitis B vaccination, you may be able to get up to $50 per visit.
Online Plasma Center Directories
Find a nearby paid plasma donation center using these online directories: