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Information for donors

The plasma donation is not a (full) blood donation! But: In both cases, people are willing to help others - and to accept a "small pinch" for their donation.

Plasma donation compared to (whole) blood donation

When donating plasma, the liquid component of the blood is donated. The biggest difference to (full) blood donation is that plasma can be donated much more often than blood. For donors, plasma donation is more gentle because the body has replaced the protein loss after only a few days. Therefore, plasma donation is possible up to 3 times in two weeks and up to 50 times a year. The donation process in which the plasma is extracted is called plasmapheresis.

Plasma donation can only be carried out in stationary donation facilities with special collection equipment. It takes about 45 to 60 minutes, plus travel to and from the donation centre.

A (full) blood donation, on the other hand, takes only about 10 minutes and is possible every 8 weeks, with an upper limit of 4 times a year for women and up to 6 times a year for men. The proportion of red blood cells in the whole blood is about 44% and the body needs several weeks for their regeneration. In a (whole) blood donation, the blood is separated into its individual components only after the donation. This separation enables targeted transfusions of those components that the patient/recipient actually needs.
In Austria, blood can also be donated in mobile donation facilities such as buses or in companies.

Plasma is primarily required for the production of life-saving drugs. The demand for plasma cannot be covered by (full) blood donation alone.

Requirements

Your requirements for donating plasma:

 

  • you are healthy and at least 18 years of age
  • you have at least 50 kg, max. 150 kg body weight and a BMI below 40
  • mental and physical health 
  • from 60-64 years of age, plasma donation is possible if blood or blood components have ever been donated before, but only after approval by the doctor
  • from the age of 65 years only by individual approval of the doctor after all clinical examinations and only if donation has ever been made at Europlasma before

Your suitability as a donor is confirmed by means of an anamnesis sheet, a medical examination and extensive laboratory diagnoses directly at the donation centre.

Not suitable for plasma donation are persons:

 

  • suffering from epilepsy
  • having an infection with
    hepatitis B or C
  • having an infection with the HIV virus
  • suffering from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
  • conderned with alcoholism or drug abuse
  • women who are pregnant
  • suffering from autoimmune diseases

Donation frequency

 

A healthy person can donate the maximum amount of 700 ml plasma:

  • once within 72 hours
  • twice in seven days
  • within 14 days 3 times and
  • 50 times within a reference year.
  • The body replaces all components of the donated plasma within 48 hours.

If you have any doubts about the use of your plasma, you can always object to the use of your donated plasma. This is possible with the confidential donor self-exclusion.

All our plasma centres

Donate plasma in Austria

Vienna 9th district
Phone: +43 1 319 53 63

Vienna 21st  district
Phone: +43 1 908 11 00

Retz
Phone: +43 2942 20 333

St. Pölten
Phone: +43 2742 90 333

Hainburg an der Donau
Phone: +43 2165 52 024

Seiersberg
Phone: +43 316 29 33 33

Leoben
Phone: +43 3842 44 404