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Whole Blood Vs. Plasma Donation

Whole Blood Vs. Plasma Donation

Whole Blood Vs. Plasma Donation

Did you know that someone needs blood every 2 seconds? How about the fact that just donating blood one time can help to save up to 3 people? In honor of National Blood Donor Month, the health experts at Parrish Healthcare are here to outline how the various components of your blood can help to save lives.

Whole Blood Donation

How it Works

Whole blood donation is the most useful type of donation. This is because it can be used in its whole form or can be broken down into separate components for use. Some of the various components of your blood that can be used in different ways include:

  • Red blood cells
  • Plasma
  • Platelets

More often than not, whole blood donations are used for those who have experienced trauma or are having a surgical procedure. All blood types are useful when it comes to whole blood donations.

Plasma Donation

During plasma donation, your plasma is extracted in a process that automatically separates the plasma from your blood and returns the rest back to you.


Typically, plasma donations are used in emergency situations to help stop excessive bleeding. People who either have AB positive or negative blood types are prime candidates for this type of blood donation—this is because AB plasma can be used for anyone with any blood type.

Primary Care in Titusville

When it comes to supporting your health, it is important to find a family care doctor you can trust. The family doctors at Parrish Medical Group Family Medicine treat patients throughout all stages of your life, providing you with the insight, resources, and preventative care you need to live happily and healthily.

Whether you’re in need of a regular check-up or you have a health concern, contact Parrish Medical Group Family Medicine at 321-268-6111 to schedule your next visit.