The ‘How To’ Authority for Donating Blood Plasma

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Tips & Tricks

In times like these, extra cash is welcomed for many, and blood plasma donations in Denver, Colorado make it fast & easy. The cash-in-hand immediately after the donation is considered tax-free, since it is considered a charitable donation – as you are paid for your time and NOT the blood plasma. But there are a few catches in order to qualify – Health, Age and Lifestyle! Still interested ?



On your very first (appointment recommended), donation after the initial approximate hour-long screening, you’ll get paid $40 and if you donate again within that first 7-day period, you’ll receive another $40. That’s $80.00 cash in pocket – which helps. After your first visit(s), you’ll be considered a regular donor and you will be paid $25/donation and $35/donation, if you donate a second time within that same week. You can NOT donate more than 2x in a 7 day period. I also encourage everyone to donate at least once because you may have special antigens in your blood that may make you eligible to receive additional money per donation.


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According to the blood plasma industry, there are between 1.5 million and 2 million paid donors, 70 percent of whom donate regularly. Because the human body replenishes plasma more quickly than whole blood, plasma donations can be made twice weekly or a maximum of 104 times/year. About only 60 % of the population are eligible to donate, but only about 5 percent of these people that can, do.

Every unit of plasma collected is tested for the presence of hepatitis, HIV, antibodies and antigens. The amount of plasma you can donate is based on your weight.

Try to eat a well balanced high protein meal no less than two hours before actually donating, and be sure to drink plenty of water before and after your donation. The process of removing blood plasma will definitely make you dehydrated. Drinking fluids will prevent you from getting some of the symptoms associated with dehydration like headaches, dizziness, and nausea.






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How much protein do we need?
Our protein needs depend on our age, size, and activity level. The standard method used by nutritionists to estimate our minimum daily protein requirement is to multiply the body weight in kilograms by .8, or weight in pounds by .37. This is the number of grams of protein that should be the daily minimum. According to this method, a person weighing 150 lbs. should eat 55 grams of protein per day, a 200-pound person should get 74 grams, and a 250-pound person, 92 grams.

Another way to compute protein needs has to do with lean body mass.Proteins are made up of smaller units called amino acids. Our bodies cannot manufacture nine amino acids, so it is important to include all these amino acids in our diets. Animal proteins such as meat, eggs, and dairy products have all the amino acids, and many plants have some of them. Learn more about amino acids in our diet.

It is recommended not to drink alcohol for 72 hours after you sell Blood Plasma. Alcohol in the Blood stream can cause a problem replenishing the body’s supply of plasma after dehydrating it with drinking alcohol.



The Screening Process: The Catches
You must be healthy, free of most diseases, non-alcoholic, older than 17 years of age and weigh over 110 pounds, in order to be considered to donate blood or plasma. There is a vigorous screening process that includes urine samples and blood analysis, as well as tattoo and body piercing limitations. Some factors that make a person ineligible to donate include taking certain medications, as well as some medical conditions such as anemia, if you have AIDS or if you have Hematological cancer such as: Hodgkin; Leukemia and Lymphomas. Also you can NOT donate if you have had Hepatitis after the age of 11 or have had a positive lab test for the virus. You also can NOT donate if you have had kidney, lung or liver failure, have a seizure disorder or have had brain surgery.






Plan to spend at least three hours at the blood plasma donation center on your first screening & donation visit. Prospective donors are questioned extensively about their foreign travel which may prohibit them from donating plasma, family and personal health history, sexual habits and circumstances that may put them at risk for being HIV positive. The professional Biomat screeners Nicole or Alysha, among many others at the Lakewood, Colorado Biomat blood plasma donation center are efficient and their smiling face and enthusiastic attitude makes it that much easier.

You will also be asked if you’ve had any body piercings or tattoos within the last 12 months and if so each and everyone is visually inspected and charted on a donor medical screening document. You’ll undergo a physical exam for weight, height and blood pressure, be screened for drugs with a urine analysis, and be asked to sign waivers.




Each plasma donation
normal plasma donation process begins with a measurement of your weight, blood pressure and a quick test of your blood (from a pin prick) for anemia and hematocrit. While your small blood sample is being tested to ensure your blood is chemically sound to donate that day, a staff member will ask you a number of questions about your habits and medical well-being since your last visit. An ultraviolet light and a special dye is used to mark your finger to ensure that you are not also donating at other facilities. The phlebotomist pros Jamie or Samuel among the many others, will put you at ease at the Lakewood Colorado Biomat blood plasma donation center.

You should feel well on the day of your donation. If you feel symptoms of a cold or flu, contact your blood center and ask to reschedule your appointment for a few days later.This short mini-screening process typically takes about 10 minutes, but there will probably be people ahead of you, so as a result, you may wait 15 or even 30 minutes just to get to this mini-screening each time you donate. A paperback book or MP3/iPod comes in handy, if you are not into viewing the closed captioned w/sound DVD movie showing throughout the building on the many HDTV ceiling mounted screens.



HDTV movie screens



Once you are screened you are led into the plasmapheresis room. If you need to use the bathroom, you must do so before you are hooked up to the plasma machine, as the process cannot be stopped once started. You will lie on a reclining chair and wait for a phlebotomist to prep your arm, open the sterile collection supplies, and stick you with a needle to begin the blood draw.






Because you are donating plasma (just one portion of your blood), the plasma extraction process involves several cycles. Blood is collected, the plasma machine extracts the liquid it needs, and then the blood cells are pumped back into your body. Eight to ten of these automatic cycles must be completed to collect the required amount of plasma according to your body weight, and then the machine will automatically shut off. You are free to read, listen to music, talk to nearby donors, or even watch the HDTV DVD movies. Be prepared to be horizontal for 45 – 100 minutes depending upon your body weight and how well you veins allow your blood to flow!






Blood is drawn from the donor, that blood is separated during the donation process in a machine that sits next to the donor. The plasma is centrifuged from the blood and directed into a plasma collection bottle. The remaining portion of the blood is returned to the donor. This processing takes place within a closed circuit, disposable set, meaning that the donor’s blood is never exposed to air, contamination, or any other person’s blood. It is a safe FDA approved process that has been in use for many years.




When your plasma collection container is full, a staff member will disconnect you from the machine, give you gauze for your arm, and ask you how to feel and instruct you to drink some more water. After a short wait, you will be paid in cash and free to go.

What exactly is plasma?
Plasma is essentially the liquid part of your blood, yellowish in color. Comprised primarily of water and various proteins, it helps carry important substances throughout your body, including hormones and vitamins . Red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are all suspended in blood plasma so they can circulate. Plasma is extracted from blood by a process called plasmapheresis, during which a machine spins the collected product to separate the liquid from the blood cells.

blood composition

Plasma is the liquid component of Blood, in which the Blood cells are suspended. Serum is the same as Blood plasma except that clotting factors have been removed. Plasma is translucent with a faint straw color, similar to the color in the picture(s) above. It is mainly composed of water, blood proteins, and inorganic electrolytes. Plasma serves as a transport medium for glucose, blood borne lipids, hormones, metabolic end products, carbon dioxide and oxygen. Plasma is the storage and transport medium of clotting factors and the protein content that is necessary to maintain the pressure of the blood circulatory system.

Not all plasma is the same. Plasma can differ in the kinds of antibodies that it contains. If a seller has specific antibodies in their Blood plasma in sufficient quantities, that person may be considered a special plasma seller. People may also have a rare or in some cases even a unique Blood type that would set them apart as a special plasma seller. While all plasma and blood sales and donations are life-giving and precious, many plasma centers collect plasma from these special kinds of donors. These plasma sellers are often paid a premium for donating. Frozen plasma can be stored for one year.

The discovery of different blood types by Karl Landsteiner earned him the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1930


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Because it assists with blood clotting, plasma is used to help hemophiliacs and other people who experience coagulation problems. Plasma products are also used to assist burn victims, treat patients with bleeding disorders, organ transplants, genetic emphysema and premature infants.

Additionally, plasma is valuable in medical research seeking new cures and treatments for a variety of medical conditions and helping to create treatments for diseases that attack the immune system -a major plasma product is known as IVIG, or intravenous immune globulin.

When you donate plasma for money, the center will inform you that your plasma can be used for many purposes. You do not retain any control over how your plasma is used. This plasma goes through a great deal of processing to insure its safety. Blood for transfusion does not go through the same processing.


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IMPORTANT – Referral Please: To be perfectly clear, I am NOT a Biomat USA employee, but I am a regular Biomat USA plasma donor at their Lakewood, Colorado location. This website is my IT portal, but this blog you are NOW on came about to introduce/inform more people in need of extra cash and plasma donor knowledge of my personal and very positive plasma donor experiences at Biomat USA and where to go to obtain the same. I am only a IT guy with extensive WordPress blogging experience. I DO get a small referral fee (every bit helps), for sending an individual that actually provides my name as their referral on their initial signup screening process – they do specifically ask where you heard about Biomat USA and I would graciously appreciate it very much if you would help me out, like I helped you out here with this extensive informative blog about plasma donations at the Biomat USA blood plasma donor center(s) in Denver, Colorado metroplex -Aurora/Lakewood. I’ve seen professional type people donate, as well as college students and blue collar types – all walks of life and it’s all GOOD!

519 Sable Blvd Aurora, CO 80011 ………………………303.367.9660
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8800 W Colfax Ave Lakewood, CO 80215 …………….303.620.4655
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I will answer any specific questions you may have … thanks for your visit here!


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