Saturday, May 11, 2013

How to Prepare Before and After Plasma Donation

Donating plasma is a low risk procedure if you prepare before donation. Donation rejection occurs if you have low iron levels, low levels of protein, donate with a fever above 99 degrees, or have high blood pressure.

So, What to do before Donating Plasma? Avoid: caffeine, smoking and drinking before plasma donating to lower your heart rate. Do not smoke a cigarette in an hour before arriving at the center to donate.

Do: Eat carbohydrate heavy foods to avoid fainting from lack of energy. Finally, drink plenty of water after you donate to replenish fluids. Be well rested before your plasma donation. It is important to relax your mind before plasma donation, for plasma donations can easily empty the mind of juice, and your body of rich, rich plasma juice.

Drink how much water before Donating Plasma?

Drink an extra 16 oz. juice or non-alcoholic fluids before the donation. A couple of glasses of water before you go to is also good. Basically, the water should be your go-to drink the day before and day of each plasma donation.

Water keeps hydration levels up, so be sure to drink plenty of water before and after plasma donation. I usually try to drink at least half a liter of water a day before donating and a few glasses before going to donate.

Drinking plenty of water before the donation process actually speeds up the process. Believe me, it's done wonders for my donation times. Being dehydrated means that you probably will feel bad when you donate, and your hydration levels affect how long it will take a donation. Plus, when I leave the donation center, I was not as dehydrated, because I've still got some water in my system.

Can I have caffeine / alcohol before plasma donation?

Also, avoid caffeine for better health for a smoother plasma donation process. Caffeine can cause increased heart rate, which does not make the process of plasma donation easy. If you drink juice or tea with food or snacks, make sure it is caffeine free. Avoid drinking alcohol the night before and the day of your donation, and at least four hours after donation.

Can I Take Aspirin or Other Analgesic Medication Before Donating Plasma

Bayer aspirin is a blood thinner, so it's not a good idea to donate plasma while on regular aspirin therapy. If you occasionally take aspirin tablets for headaches, or other aches and pains, you must wait 4 hours after taking aspirin to donate plasma. Ideally, don't take aspirin the day of plasma donation at all. This also goes for other headache medicines and blood thinners, like Advil, Advil PM, liquigels, capsules, powders, and sleeping pills with pain medication.

Can I donate while I'm having my period?

Yes, ladies should bare in mind that making a plasma donation when at that time of the month/menstruating is perfectly safe, with excess protective safety measures. Plasma donation can influence additional monthly period cramps, especially while dehydrated, so it's in particular essential for women facing that time of the month to drink excess water before donating. Do not donate when expectant, but, as donating whilst expecting can easily factor pregnancy difficulties, hazardously low liquid degrees, and fainting. Expecting mothers ought to hold off at least 6 months right after being born just before securely making a plasma donation again.

What Are the Best things to eat before Donating Plasma?

Eat a healthy meal before your donation. You want to eat a big meal the night before and eat something high in carbs right before you enter. Pasta is a carbohydrate-rich food especially recommended the night before donating.  Other good foods to eat before donating are macaroni with cheese, mashed potatoes, and baked or steamed vegetables.

Iron rich and protein rich foods are the best things to eat before plasma donation, foods like liver and broccoli. If you do not have enough iron in the blood the plasma donation center will reject you as a donor, at least until you get your low iron levels up.

Ok, so maybe I'm not into health food, but two days a week when I donate, you can bet that I get enough protein, vitamins, iron and carbohydrate snacks, etc, to make my body happy (and not be rejected for donation.) Needless to say, I also take iron pills before and after each donation these days to avoid rejection.

Eat a good meal before and after plasma donating. Eating healthy before plasma donation not only raises the iron levels and protein levels of blood, but it also keeps you from getting sick while donating. Eat foods rich in proteins, some before you go, too (low protein may get you rejected from plasma donating.)

Things to Avoid Eating Before Donating Plasma

Avoid fatty and high-cholesterol foods 24 hours before donation.

Avoid: foods such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream before donating. Eating fatty foods before plasma donation can give your Plasma a milky appearance. Your plasma should be yellow (straw colored) to dark red color. If your plasma has a milky color, you will be banned from plasma donating that day.

Do: snack before and after. Eat healthy snacks (such as a banana or energy bar) after donating.

What to Do After Donating Plasma

Wait to take the bandage off! I've seen numerous donors who impatiently take their bandages off right after donating, then start bleeding all over the donation floor. I've also seen bandages and gauze littering the parking lot (from impatient donors who rip their arm bandages off on the way to their cars.) The bandage and gauze are there to stop bleeding, and prevent infection at the donation site. Wait at least 4 hours before taking the donation bandage off.

After plasma donating, relax your body.

Eat before and after donation, to replenish lost vitamins. Other good foods to eat after donation:

  • Green vegetables (broccoli, lettuce, spinach, kale, and celery)
  • Protein rich foods (red meat, steak, beef, pork, or plant proteins like beans and eggs)
  • Plain yogurt
  • Electrolyte drinks (Gatorade, or other sports waters with electrolytes)
  • Fruits (banana, strawberry, papaya, or pineapple)
  • Plenty of water (especially vitamin enhanced, or sugar water)
What Not to Do After Donating Plasma

Don't carry big items for four hours after giving, and do not workout for one day. Strenuous physical exercise (activity and exercise, energy resistance training, or perhaps cardio workouts) immediately after giving, weight lifting, and also running/cardiopulmonary exercise/jumping jacks, may make the bandage come off, or even re-open the giving vein.

Particularly, do not boost weights the day following selling blood plasma for cash. Within the worst case scenario, physical activity following donation can easily factor a increase in blood clotting concentrate in the donation vein. Things to not ever eat or perhaps drink the day following donating encompass booze, saturated fatty foods, and also tobacco smoking. Delay the urge to smoke at least an 60 minute block immediately after donation, and rather a day following donation.

Plasma Center Rejection for Fever

If you feel a fever/high temperature coming on, but only slightly, take your temperature before going to the donation center to donate plasma. Avoid donation rejections if you're feeling sick. Upon returning, the nurses will want to know exactly when your fever breaks, because you will be banned from plasma donating for several days after your high temperature diminishes.

These are tips on how to prepare for plasma donation (and avoid reasons for rejection.)

 Good for you to donate plasma. But the fact that the donation center pays me money for plasma donating is not the only reason I continue to donate plasma long term. Just think, the money is nice, but make sure that your heart is in the right place before you donate.

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  1. How would I lower my level of protein? also how long would it take before I could try to donate again? I tried to give plasma today and she said I had an 11.6.

    1. It's easy, just watch your protein intake, drink less milk, dairy, meat. ..just watch what you eat the night before and drink at least 4 glasses of water.

  2. Drink some caffeine

    1. caffeine will make your heart rate go up which could cause you to not be able to donate dumb ass, be educated bout your body and you should be fine.

  3. You have to wait 48 hours before donating again

  4. I always use the money I get from donating to buy alcohol right after I donate. I've been doing it for 2 years and I feel fine

  5. Thank you for the advice. This is a win win as I am handicap with limited income. I should pass with flying colors with this advice!

  6. I always vomit when it's almost over..why is that if I eat and drink water before donating

    1. Congrats, your pregnant!!!

  7. Fell like I have gas in my chest after donating why?

  8. How can you have to much protein?

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  11. What will happen if I drink before donating?

  12. If I drank some coffee in the morning, will it still affect my pulse in the afternoon? It was one cup.

  13. The trick to getting your pulse down for a FACT: try to take a deep breathe like singers do(making your stomach poke out when sucking in and pull in when blowing out). Try to time your deep calm inhale with the machine(so that you take it before the air is full and starts reading your pulse. Once its reading your pulse, blow air out slowly. Take a short-calm but somewhat deep breathe but make it super short and then repeat the long slow exhale. You will feel like you are suffocating but your pulse will go down by over a dozen causing you to beat it. I was deferred 3 days in a row so trust me i practiced and mastered this(just like how I suck on 2 pieces of ice under my tongue before I walk there). Be careful though and know your body. These things are put in place to help you. An abnormally fast pulse can cause the needle to have problems so dont cheat too hard. I use this method because I hate being deferred just because I walked up there and Im a big guy and my body is warmer than most by a point. Now that you know the tricks, share the wealth of info with others.

  14. How long after eating does it take fir your protein levels to increase

  15. Hi,

    First off thanks for your blog! Secondly, I'm curious as to which main nutrients are lost during a donation? I notice you say "replenish vitamins lost"

    I know iron plays a big role in make sure you can donate. Do you think by donating these iron levels lower?

    Thanks for your time


  16. my right arm and leg in right side the day after I donated plasma had a real bad sharp pains what would that be from

    1. That is probably a reaction from the anticoagulant they use. My reaction until my body got used to it was pain in my jaw and arm

  17. Very informative, just maybe touch up the grammar and word choice a tad; it made the article clumsier and more difficult to read than it had to be

    1. I would have to agree.

  18. what are the risk if you have alcohol the night before donating?


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