In our new series Other Uses of Plasma, we will cover other domains, besides life-saving protein therapies, that rely on plasma. In the previous blog of the series, we covered plasma’s use in cosmetology. In this blog, we will highlight plasma’s immense importance in managing severe burn injuries.
Plasma therapies are mostly known for improving and saving the lives of people fighting rare diseases, such as PIDs or AAT Deficiency.
However, plasma donors must know that their plasma saves the lives of not just these patients, but also patients in emergencies.
Plasma therapy - the transfusion of plasma donated by healthy, voluntary donors - has been used to manage severe burn injuries since the second World War.
The consequences of burn injuries are grave: First, they result in massive blood loss, the fluid part of blood, to be precise. Second, they can cause colossal cell damage, or inflammation, in medical jargon.
How does your plasma help?
The fluid part of blood is, of course, plasma. The plasma you donate is transfused in patients with burn injuries to restore normal levels of fluid. That said, plasma therapies are essentially concentrated proteins - proteins found in donated plasma. These proteins help repair cells, undoing their damage.
Indeed, plasma therapies like Albumin treat patients of shock and trauma as well.
Plasma donors literally save lives.
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