In an effort to better serve patients who rely on the lifesaving therapies processed from donated human plasma, BioLife Plasma Services recently opened a new plasma collection center at 1450 Getz Road. This is the second center in the city of Fort Wayne.
A subsidiary of Baxter Healthcare Corporation, BioLife Plasma Services is an industry leader in operating high-quality plasma donation centers throughout the U.S. The plasma collected at BioLife is processed into a variety of life-saving therapeutics, including treatment for patients with hemophilia and immune disorders and for use as blood volume replacement and tissue sealing.
“BioLife is pleased to become a part of Fort Wayne for the second time and we appreciate the support of residents who donate their plasma that is used in life-saving therapies for patients,” said Nat Bretz, center manager.
The grand opening is scheduled for Monday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at the new center’s site, 1450 Getz Road. The new facility features approximately 15,000 square feet, a free supervised playroom, free wireless internet and eventually will employ between 50-70 employees.
Plasma is the yellow liquid portion of whole blood that can be easily replaced by the body. Plasma makes up approximately 55 percent of whole blood and consists primarily of water and proteins that help the body control bleeding and infection. A donor’s blood is collected into an automated device that separates the plasma from the other whole blood components, including red and white blood cells and platelets. While the plasma is collected, the other blood components are pumped into a reservoir and then later returned to the donor. Each donation procedure uses sterile and disposable collection materials. The body quickly replaces the plasma removed during the donation process. Therefore, healthy individuals can donate as often as twice in a seven-day period, with at least one day between donations.
To help protect the safety of the donor and the recipients of the therapies processed from their plasma, prospective donors must first pass a medical examination and complete a medical history survey. Donors are compensated for their time and commitment to the program. For more information on the donation process and to locate additional centers, please visit the BioLife website, www.biolifeplasma.com.