October 13-20 is the first annual International Plasma Awareness Week. This is designed to raise global awareness about source plasma collection, recognize the contributions of plasma donors to saving and improving lives and increase understanding about lifesaving plasma protein therapies and rare diseases.
Plasma is the largest component of human blood and is basically a transportation medium for cells and other substances in the body. It’s the colorless fluid in human blood that serves as the protein reserve for the whole body. Without the proper amount of plasma, a person could possibly have medical issues and could be prone to various diseases.
At Asthma and Allergy Associates we have board certified allergist/immunologists who routinely provide care for patients with immune deficiencies. Most patients with immune deficiencies require proteins collected from plasma to replace important infection-fighting antibodies which can be life-saving and reduced hospitalizations. See our previous blog on 10 warning signs of immune deficiencies if you suspect you or someone you love may have more than just routine infections. And please consider donating plasma so you can provide life-saving blood products to those in need.
Be sure to ask us what the donor requirements are for plasma donors and what the process looks like. Don’t wait, save a life today!