What is plasma? Kedplasma
Plasma(Kedplasma) is the liquid part of your blood. It is mostly composed of water, with a small amount of protein and other antibodies. Your blood is composed of red blood cells (white blood cells), platelets, and plasma. Plasma is rich in vital proteins like albumin, anti-hemophilic factor, and gammaglobulin. These proteins can all be used to save lives.
Brandon Merz, a student at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, was trying to find ways to earn enough money to buy groceries in the fall of 2020.
He donated plasma.
He said, “One of my main reasons I was allowed to donate plasma was that I could choose when I wanted to go.” “A friend suggested it as an easy way of making money so I took advantage.”
Merz is one of many UNL students who donate plasma. Merz, like many others, decided to donate in order to make money. Some people donate to support the community. Some do both.
There are three plasma donation centres in Lincoln. Two of them are downtown and one is near the UNL campus.
Plasma donation is not the same thing as blood donation. Plasmapheresis is also known as the donation of plasma. The donor’s arm is connected to a machine that draws blood. The plasma is separated from the blood by a machine. Plasma is the liquid substance that contains more than half of the blood’s nutrients.
After the withdrawal, plasma is stored at the donation center until further tests are done to ensure that it is safe to use.
Red blood cells and platelets are then sent back to the donor along with saline. These doses are used to replace plasma taken from the donor. All plasma donors can expect to complete the process in about an hour. The process for new donors can take up to three hours because of paperwork, a quick physical, and a questionnaire asking about your medical history.
Nick Swan, a registered nursing nurse at Madonna Rehab Center in Omaha, was a frequent donor of plasma in college. He still donates when he can. Swan stated that plasma donation is an important cause.
He said that there are many essential medicines that can only come from plasma. Plasma protein therapy is the only treatment that can be used to treat many disorders and conditions. It can only be obtained from donors.
Plasma can be used for the benefit of patients with cancer, burn victims, transplant recipients and those with compromised immune systems.
Three Lincoln donation centers offer money to pay for donor plasma. The centers offer a variety of compensation to donors, but donors can only donate once a week and have 48 hours between visits.
Grifols is a national plasma donation company. There is a branch in Lincoln called Biomat USA at 300 S. 17th St. People can earn up $150 for their first four visits. The amount of money offered by the branch varies depending on the month. In March, for example, they offer donors $40 to their first visit and $150 for their second.
KEDPLASMA is another national plasma donation company with two locations in Lincoln. The one at 733 N 45th St. is the other. First-time donors receive $100 for every eight visits to KEDPLASMA. After eight weeks, donors receive between $50-75 as compensation.
KEDPLASMA offers a variety of deals. Students who donate automatically receive an additional $5 for every donation. Refer a friend and you get $100 more. You can sign up to be notified about these deals by the donor.
Some people, such as Merz and Swan used the money to buy college necessities.
Swan stated, “I would use the money from donating gas and groceries.” She also suggested that she would try to save some. It would be very useful as money is often tight at school.
Swan also found fulfillment in giving back to his community.
Swan stated, “I knew plasma donation was incredibly important for maintaining the safety and health of so many people.” “I felt like I had the ability to help others, so I wanted that to be my motivation.”
Bri Danahey, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln junior, donated her first donation in December 2019. To make quick money, she donated plasma. This helped her to buy Christmas gifts for her family.
“I donated because I didn’t have a job yet and it seemed like easy money at first. Danahey stated that $200 was enough to pay me for sitting for just two hours a week.
Danahey gave her money because she was paid. But, Danahey said that the positive impact on the community was also a plus.
Danahey stated, “Making positive impacts on the community was just an added benefit, but not a huge incentive for me.”
Rhyse Smith is a UNL senior and perhaps an anomaly among college student. When she started donating plasma, she didn’t know she would get paid. She said that she was simply donating because she felt altruistic.
Smith stated, “When I first went out to donate, I didn’t expect to walk away with $100.” Smith said, “I have always believed in community service and giving back. Donating plasma is an entirely different kind of service but it is just as important.