Blood plasma donations needed "now more than ever"

Posted at 9:20 AM, Sep 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-06 11:28:05-04

Biolife Plasma Services recently announced they need donations "now more than ever" -– a slogan found on their app and website.

Julia Ellwanger, a BioLife representative, explained plasma collection centers have even been deemed "critical infrastructure" during these uncertain times, based on their ability to provide life-saving therapies to those with “rare, chronic and complex diseases."

“There is an urgent patient need for human plasma,” Ellwanger said. “The more prospective healthy donors we can identify as early as possible, the more plasma we can collect, and the more therapies we can potentially provide.”

Ellwanger added that BioLife has increased their monetary incentives recently, like promotions offering up to $200 per donation in some cases, in an effort to encourage donations and to appropriately compensate those who donate their time and blood plasma to BioLife.

“BioLife compensates individuals in the U.S. who donate plasma in recognition of the time, commitment and effort required…Individuals who donate commit to spending up to two hours in the centers, as often as twice a week, and must undergo physical examinations at least annually and a medical history questioning every time they donate,” Ellwanger said.

BioLife employees also ensure their donors’ safety by using additional screening measures, requiring staff to use protective equipment and abiding by distancing policies.

Those who wish to donate can do so by registering on the BioLife website or the BioLife app.

BioLife promotions are not applicable to all donors. Specific limitations may apply.