TOP DONATION QUESTIONS

Last Updated Date: Jun 14, 2021
IS IT SAFE TO DONATE?

Yes. Blood and plasma are collected through a new sterile needle that is used once, then discarded. Centers also have enhanced COVID-19 safety and cleaning procedures in place.

WILL IT HURT?

Only for a moment. Many people find that the slight initial pinch is relatively painless.

WHAT IS PLASMA?

Plasma is the clear yellow liquid portion of blood that remains after red and white cells, platelets, and other cellular components are removed. It is used to create life-changing therapies.

CAN I DONATE IF I HAVE TATTOOS?

Yes, but in many countries, the precautionary waiting period between getting a tattoo and donating is 6-12 months.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO REPLACE WHAT WAS DONATED?

Plasma is replaced within about 24 hours. Red cells need between 4 and 6 weeks to be replaced.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT: Kim Modory, Abbott Media
kim.modory@abbott.com

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