Research companies are constantly looking for new cures for particular diseases; to do this they need healthy human blood. Often they will pay considerable amounts of cash for the right blood type. Some people can make hundreds of dollars a month by donating twice a week. Apart from the financial advantages of giving blood for payment, it is also a wonderful way of contributing to essential research needed to further treatments for currently incurable diseases, as well as help others who are less fortunate or in need.
Who benefits when I donate blood?
Not only can your blood be used to further medical research, it can be life-saving. Plasma is the means by which blood flows through the body. It is 90% water, but its other components include minerals, protein, hormones clotting agents and immuno-globins.
Plasma is extracted from the blood by centrifuge and can promote the health of cells whilst removing toxicity. It can be used to treat those with serious illnesses and diseases by producing antibodies, thus fuelling the body’s ability to heal itself naturally. Your blood plasma could be used to help people with the following medical conditions; depressed or depleted immune systems, haemophilia, serious burns, clotting failure, auto-immune disease and many others.
Do I qualify for donating blood?
It is vital that the blood you donate is healthy as it may be used to treat people who are ill. Before making the decision to give blood, it’s important that you meet the requirements. You must be at least 18 years of age and weigh no less than 49.9 kilograms or 110 pounds (these conditions may vary depending on the area you live in).
You won't be able to make money donating blood if;
- You have had a tattoo or piercing within the last 12 months
- If you have recently had surgery and are not fully recovered
- You are pregnant or have given birth within the last 6 months
- You don’t have good iron levels
- You have an everyday illness like a cold, the flu or a sore throat
- Have blood pressure that is either too high or too low
- You are on specific medication that may contaminate your blood somehow (the types of medication disallowed for blood donation vary and you will need to check this with your local center)
- You have a phobia of needles that may lead to you fainting or reacting badly to the process
- Have previously been rejected from giving blood
- You are suffering from a life-threatening or serious disease such as cancer, hepatitis, diabetes, heart conditions or HIV and AIDS
Instructions for Donating Blood Plasma
- Ensure you meet the requirements as outlined above.
- Contact a range of local clinics to ensure that they pay for the donation of blood. Not all centers offer financial remuneration and in some cases it is voluntary so it is best to double-check. Blood banks like the American Red Cross are a good place to start. You can also visit Bloodbanker.com to find a clinic close to you.
- Book an appointment at your chosen clinic. Some blood banks operate six days a week whilst others only have specific days and times available.
- Prepare by eating a diet high in nutrients, vitamins, iron and protein for a few days before you attend the clinic.
- Also make sure you drink lots of water for at least one day before visiting the blood donation center and avoid beverages high in caffeine such as coffee, tea and carbonated drinks.
- On the day of your donation, you will need to take some identification with you; a passport or a driver’s license should suffice.
- Prepare to be at the clinic for around two hours.
- Your will be given a short interview by a representative which will cover your medical history and your family’s medical history.
- You will also be expected to take part in a physical examination to determine whether you are a suitable applicant for donating blood. The nurse will test your protein and iron levels, as it is essential these are at an optimum level. You will also be tested for any sexually transmitted infections which would prevent you from donating healthy blood plasma; these include hepatitis, syphilis, HIV and AIDS. At this point your blood type may also be identified.
- Providing you pass the interview and medical analysis, you will then be asked to proceed with the process.
- Blood will be drawn from a vein in the middle of your arm with a sterilised needle. This is a very quick and fairly painless procedure. The puncture will then be sterilised with a swab and a plaster will be placed on your arm.
- The clinic nurse will then extract some of the plasma from the blood for future use.
- Your arm may feel slightly stiff for a couple of hours afterwards.
- Most blood donation centers will pay you straight away, but in some cases you may receive remuneration a few days later.
So you know what to expect, here's a video of blood being drawn at a clinic in America.
How much will I get paid for donating blood?
The blood plasma donation clinics that do pay often offer around $20-$60 per donation and will allow you to donate a maximum of twice a week. If you give blood once a week for a month you could receive a maximum of $240. If you donate twice a week for a month, you can double that amount and make $480.
Are there any other advantages to giving blood?
You will be contributing an invaluable service; your blood may be used to advance medical research and help find cures for serious diseases and conditions. It can also save lives. It has been proven that regularly giving blood can reduce your risk of contracting cancer at a later date.
To locate a blood drive in your area and make money donating blood, visit Givelife.org.