Before you check-in to donate plasma, you should have a current photo ID (State ID, Visa, College ID, or a Border Crossing card,) Social Security/border crossing card, and proof of your current address (current bill, lease/contract, postmarked piece of mail). GCAM staff will then ask you a few questions about your medical history and take your photo.
The first time you donate (and each year after that) you will go through a brief physical examination. During the examination, your blood pressure, pulse, and heartbeat will be recorded. A series of questions will also be asked to make sure you are healthy and eligible to donate.
After you have completed the examination, you will be seated in a reclining chair. A trained member of our staff will extract your plasma into a sterile pooling bottle and then return your red and white cells (this will take between 35-50 minutes.) All the medical supplies used at GCAM are sterile, used only once, and then thrown away. Since you are helping to manufacture a lifesaving drug, you will receive compensation for your time. GCAM pays between $25-$30 per donation and donors can donate two times a week.
Although the plasma proteins reproduce within 24 – 48 hours and plasmapheresis have little to no side effects, it is very important that you take care of yourself after your donation. Having a meal and a large glass of water after each donation will help to replenish plasma and increase energy.