In a traditional blood donation, donors give whole blood—which consists of red cells, plasma and platelets. We also offer an automated donation, called a MAX Donation, in which donors can give a specific component in greater quantities than can be collected in a whole blood donation.
During the MAX donation, whole blood is collected from one arm and goes into a machine called a “cell separator.” The machine separates the components and collects a measured amount of the desired component into a special bag. Then the other components are combined with a saline solution and returned to the donor. In some MAX donations, more than one component is collected.
Type AB-negative donors are encouraged to make a MAX plasma donation.
MAX Plasma Donation: Plasma is the liquid portion of your blood and is used in the treatment of bleeding, clotting problems and trauma. It can also be transfused to help organ transplant recipients and premature infants.
We invite type AB-negative donors to consider MAX plasma donation. AB-negative is the “universal plasma type” and, in an emergency, it can be transfused to people of any blood type.
The entire MAX plasma donation takes less than 90 minutes. This includes the health interview, approximately 60 minutes for the actual donation and time for light refreshments afterwards. Your body is able to replenish its supply of plasma very quickly. You may donate plasma by pheresis as frequently as every four weeks.
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