r Grifols-Biomat opened its new Spanish Fork location, 450 N Main St, with a ribbon cutting on September 11.
Local residents Brandon Gordon, Melanie, and Craig Hamilton and Jesse Cardon spoke about the importance of plasma donation.
Those unfamiliar with blood and plasma donations are generally under the impression that plasma and whole blood donations are handled and utilized in similar ways. Although there are many similarities in the donor selection process and some of the donation testing, the donations themselves are used to help patients in very different ways.
According to Grifols, whole blood donation refers to the donation of the combination of red and white blood cells, platelets and plasma. Plasma, on the other hand, is composed of mostly water (90%) and a mixture of proteins and antibodies (10%), that are vital to the body’s ability to maintain critical functions such as controlling bleeding and fighting infections.
People who are missing some of the proteins in their plasma could have a life-threatening condition such as hemophilia or an immune deficiency disorder. The number of proteins in a single donation are so few one donation is insufficient for even one treatment dose. In fact, it takes anywhere from 130 to 1200 donations to treat one patient for just one year.
Grifols provides a vital service to the community by facilitation plasma donations. Because of the time involved with plasma donation, donors are compensated for their time.
Donors can make appointments at spanishforkbiomat.com.