Plasma: The mystery liquid

October 9, 2017

October 8-14 is International Plasma Awareness Week, when blood and plasma centers across the world try to educate the public about plasma.

People often do not understand plasma or its uses, but it has multiple uses in modern medicine.

Simply, plasma is the liquid that carries the cells through your bloodstream. It’s made up mainly of water, but the many proteins it also carries are what makes it valuable to patients with a variety of conditions.

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center normally does not collect plasma-only donations, although the plasma in your whole-blood donation is separated from the red cells and the platelets for therapeutic purposes.

QualTex Laboratories, along with STBTC a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, performs testing for blood-borne viruses on plasma from centers across the country.

Here’s an infographic prepared for International Plasma Awareness Week by the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association:

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