Plasma is worth bottling
YOUR plasma can help more people than you think. Plasma is the straw coloured fluid in which the red cells, white cells and platelets are suspended.
Many blood products are made from the plasma component of blood. Plasma contains a large number of proteins, each of which performs a different role within the blood.
Major proteins within plasma are able to be selectively separated and this is commonly referred to as plasma fractionation.
The isolated proteins are then made into products to treat patients for their particular needs. For example, Albumin is predominantly used to replace blood or fluid lost by a patient following trauma, such as a car accident or major burns.
Immunoglobulins, or antibodies as they are sometimes called, are one of the most important mechanisms the body has to protect itself against infections.
If a patient has depleted quantities in their blood, the use of immunoglobulin concentrates enables replacement.
These blood products are widely used for immune deficiencies, such as in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.