Backgrounder: Plasma

Key Facts

  • Plasma is the protein-rich liquid in blood that helps other blood components circulate throughout your body.
  • Plasma supports our immune systems and helps control excessive bleeding, which is why plasma donations are important to help treat bleeding disorders, liver diseases and cancer.
  • Canadian Blood Services collects 100 per cent of all the plasma needed for transfusions in Canada.
  • 17% of the plasma protein products used by Canadian patients comes from plasma from non-remunerated Canadian donors.
  • 4/5 of the plasma products used by Canadians are made from plasma from paid U.S. donors.
  • 50%: Our target for plasma products to be made from plasma we collect in Canada.
  • The world’s need for plasma products will have increased 40% by the year 2020.
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