New Jacksonville Plasma Center Opens as Donation Needs Rise – Action News Jax

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – A new plasma donation center is now open in the Arlington neighborhood of Jacksonville. This is because the need for plasma is greater than ever.

BioLife Plasma Services has five locations in Florida and will bring 60 new jobs to Jacksonville.

Plasma is a lifeline for thousands of people with rare, chronic, and complex diseases.

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Plasma donated by recovered COVID-19 patients or those who had the virus but were asymptomatic can be an important tool in helping those severely affected by the virus.

Through a simple, low-risk process called plasmapheresis, plasma is separated from the blood and the blood components are returned to the donor’s body. In the first two days, the BioLife Plasma Services Center received more than 200 donations.

One Blood and LifeSouth in Jacksonville also accept plasma.

Right now, LifeSouth has a critical need for all blood types. The need for convalescent plasma has increased 500% since the organization began collecting plasma from recovered patients in April and continues to increase as the virus spreads. Donors must be at least 17 or 16 years old with parental permission, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health.

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BioLife Plasma Services is located at 9312 Arlington Expy., Jacksonville, FL 32225

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