How to Donate Plasma in Bellevue, Washington
- 1). Determine your eligibility to donate plasma. You should weigh at least 110 lbs., be 18 years old or older and free of diseases communicable through blood.
- 2). Schedule an appointment at the Puget Sound Blood Center by calling 425-453-4011. This is the only plasma donation center located in Bellevue, at 1021 112th Ave. N.E., although there are others in nearby cities such as Everett, Wash., and Seattle.
- 3). Get a good night's rest and eat a healthy, well-balanced dinner the night before your donation. Drink at least eight glasses of water in the 24 hours before your appointment to keep fluid levels up.
- 4). Eat a healthy breakfast about one hour before your appointment.
- 5). Arrive at your appointment and fill out the new donor paperwork. Show the staff your Social Security card and Washington state driver's license as proof of identification and residency.
- 6). Submit to the mandatory health screening. This typically involves a health questionnaire and testing for certain diseases that are transmissible through blood.
- 7). Follow the nurse's instructions during the donation process. The nurse will instruct you to sit or lie down and will place a needle in one arm to remove the plasma and one in the other arm to return the blood components other than plasma to your body. The actual donation takes about 90 minutes.
- 8). Enjoy the snack provided after your donation and rest at least 10 minutes in the post-donation waiting room. Eating immediately after donating plasma prevents fatigue and helps your body start regenerating plasma.
- 9). Check out and get paid for your donation. Payment is typically in the $20 to $30 range, but can be higher for individuals with rare blood types.