Plasma and Whole Blood, that is collected by IBBI, is manufactured into a wide variety of life-saving products that benefit thousands of people everyday.  Both Plasma and Whole Blood are essential for research and development and for the manufacture of products that treat serious disorders such as hemophilia and immune system deficiencies as well as products to help treat and prevent diseases like tetanus, rabies, measles, rubella and hepatitis.

It is important to remember that human plasma and whole blood are not substances that can be produced in a laboratory or some other artificial environment.  It can only be obtained from healthy adults.  When you donate, you are helping to save lives.

Step 1. Pre-Donation Screening

Each donor, regardless of how long he or she has been donating, must pass a pre-donation screening at every appointment. During a screening, you will be weighed and a technician will take your blood pressure, pulse and temperature. He or she will also take a little blood from your finger to measure your total protein and hematocrit. Hematocrit is the percentage of blood volume occupied by red blood cells. These measurements will tell us if it is safe for you to donate.

Step 2. Medical History

After we check your vital signs, we ask you some routine personal and health questions to make sure that the donation is safe for you and for the patient who receives treatment made from your plasma.

Step 3. Physical Examination

As a first-time donor, and annually, you will receive a brief physical examination. This is administered by our on-site medical staff and the information is used to verify you are eligible to donate, based on your health and medical history.

Step 4. The Plasmapheresis Process

After we prepare the automated plasma collection device with a new and sterile kit, we connect you to the machine and start the plasma collecting process. When you donate plasma, you are not at risk of acquiring any sort of disease. The tubing and all other pieces of the collection device that come in contact with your blood are discarded and replaced with new, sterile materials each time a donation is performed.

Step 5. Compensation

After your donation, you will be compensated for your time. The whole process for return donors takes about 1 1/2 hours. New donors may take 2 hours as your first visit includes a physical exam.

Step 6. Set up your next appointment

On your way out, you are reminded to set up an appointment for your next donation. You can donate as often as twice in a seven-day period, with at least 48 hours between donations.

Step 1. Medical History
We ask you routine health questions to make sure that the donation is safe for you and anyone handling your blood.

Step 2. Pre-Donation Screening
Each donor, regardless of how long he or she has been donating, must pass a pre-donation screening at every visit. During the screening, a technician will take your vital signs (i.e. blood pressure, pulse, and temperature). The technician will also take a little blood from your finger to measure your hematocrit. Hematocrit is the percentage of blood volume occupied by red blood cells. These measurements will tell us if it is safe for you to donate.

Step 3. The Donation Process
After we prepare the collection bag and clean your arm, we perform a venipuncture (vein stick). When you donate Whole Blood, you are not at risk of acquiring any sort of disease. The tubing and all other collection supplies that come in contact with your blood are discarded and replaced with new sterile materials each time a donation is performed.

Step 4. Compensation
After your donation, you will be compensated for your time. The entire process takes about 30 minutes.

Step 5. Plan Your Next Visit
On your way out, you are reminded when you may donate again. You cannot donate more than 1 time in any 8 week period.

 
To donate Whole Blood, you must be a healthy individual 18 to 70 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, have a valid ID and permanent address, and pass all other required donor eligibility criteria. Following a well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of water before donating is also recommended.
Donating is a very safe procedure with minimal or no side effects. Our professional staff is dedicated to making your visit comfortable and rewarding. You can spend the donation time relaxing, listening to music, watching a movie, or catching up on your favorite magazine or book.

On your initial visit, and annually, you will receive a physical exam and your medical history will be recorded. These steps help ensure donating is safe for you and protect the recipient of the therapies made from your plasma.

On subsequent visits, a staff member will check your vital signs and ask some questions about your health since your last donation. In addition, your hematocrit (the percentage of blood volume occupied by red blood cells) and plasma protein levels will be measured.

The tubing and all other collection supplies that come in contact with your blood are discarded and replaced with new, sterile materials each time a donation procedure is performed.

On each visit we will check your vital signs and hematocrit and record your medical history.
The body replaces the plasma removed during the donation process quickly; therefore, healthy individuals can donate as often as twice in a seven-day period, with at least 48 hours between donations.
You cannot donate more than 1 time in any 8 week period. 
On your first visit, the whole process, including a physical exam and the plasma donation, usually takes about two hours. On subsequent visits, you can anticipate spending approximately an hour and a half in the center.
Approximately 30 minutes.  

The IBBI testing facilities performs extensive screening tests on a sample of every single donation collected within our system. Each donation is thoroughly tested for various infectious agents including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and Syphilis.

Laboratory technicians at our state-of-the-art testing facilities in Memphis, TN, conduct over 2 million tests each year.

Yes, we do compensate our donors. Please click on Locations to find the location nearest you. You can contact your preferred location and they will answer any questions you have about the compensation structure.

FOR PLASMA DONORS ONLY

  • You must have an official picture ID (Government or State issued, Passport, etc.) that will allow proper identification as a donor.
  • Official Government issued Social Security card or ID with Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Signature
  • Proof of current address (a recent bill mailed to you within the last 30 days, will be sufficient)