Blood plasma, being a vital component of certain medical treatments, is extremely valuable - H. Luke Shaefer & Analidis Ochoa
image by: Sinai Jewish Primary School
Do you give blood? Know your blood type?
Start talking blood and—as I discovered when I started asking around the Nova team—pretty soon everyone’s in on the conversation.
‘I’m Rh negative’, says Amy, at the next desk over. ‘If I get pregnant, they say I’ll need an injection so my body won’t reject the baby.’ Sharon, just back from maternity leave, usually donates blood regularly. ‘But I’m on a break for now,’ she says. ‘You can’t donate when you’re breastfeeding.’ Then there’s Hayley, who sits across the corridor. With an immune deficiency which makes her susceptible to infections and viruses, she relies on donated blood to keep her healthy, visiting the hospital…
But plasma isn’t just the transporting liquid in our blood-vessel waterslide. Aside from keeping things flowing, it contains components that play important roles in the body—such as dissolved salts called electrolytes (yep, the same stuff you top up with sports drinks and those handy post-vomit ice blocks) which help regulate the blood’s chemistry and enable muscles to work properly.
Plasma often is referred to as the "gift of life" because it is the essential starting material needed to manufacture therapies that help thousands of people worldwide with rare, chronic diseases to live healthier, productive and fulfilling lives. Donatingplasma.org was designed to provide information...
Serum, sometimes mistakenly considered synonymous with plasma, consists of plasma without fibrinogen. Plasma contains 91% to 92% of water and 8% to 9% of solids.
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