"Plasma is the key component in many lifesaving medicines. Hundreds of thousands of people need the medications that come from your donations. These patients depend on your generosity and selflessness, as plasma medicines may be their only treatment option. Let"s look below at some conditions and diseases that plasma medications can treat.
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, sometimes called Alpha-1, is an inherited form of emphysema caused by a deficiency in a protein that keeps lung tissue elastic. That deficient protein can be extracted from your plasma and used to make medicine. Because of the tiny amounts of the protein in each donation, it takes roughly 900 plasma donations each year to make enough medication for just one patient.
People who suffer from hemophilia lack a protein that helps to control bleeding. For these people, ordinary cuts in the skin can be dangerous. Protiens extracted from plasma like yours are used to make medicines that help the blood of people with hemophilia form clots. It takes 1,200 donations to make a year"s supply of medication for just one patient.
Plasma at Critical Moments: In the ER and Surgery Room
Albumin is the most abundant protein in plasma. It can be used to make medicine that increases the volume of blood plasma in patients. This is often used to treat or prevent shock after severe trauma, to replace fluid lost from extensive bleeding or burns, and it's also frequently used in surgery.
Plasma Brings Us Together: Immunodeficiency
Throughout your life, your body makes thousands of unique antibodies that help fight infections. These antibodies, found in your plasma, can be combined with those donated by thousands of other people to make a therapy called IVIG, or intravenous immunoglobulin. IVIG is used to help people who can"t make enough of their own antibodies fight off infections."