Plasma is the liquid portion of blood. It transports red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, which control bleeding, fight infection and provide nutrients. Burn and trauma patients frequently are given plasma transfusions to replace fluid loss. Someone who receives many red cell transfusions may require plasma as well to maintain blood clotting.
Plasma is also transfused to some patients with inherited or other kinds of bleeding or clotting disorders. Plasma can be stored for up to one year after donation.
Schedule your appointment to donate plasma.