The Iranian Blood Transfusion, Donor Safety Program: Effect of Long-term Plasmapheresis on Plasma Proteins

Document Type: Original Article(s)

Authors

Iranian Blood Transfusion, Organisation: Research & Fractionation Center

Abstract

Background: Plasmapheresis is a well-recognised method for harvestingplasma.  It was introduced in the 1950s and is currently employed worldwide.  This method has been in use in Iran since 1979. Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of donor safety program used at the Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization. Methods: A comparison is made of the protein concentrations between the first-time and long-term plasmapheresis donors, using protein gel electrophoresis.  The effect of vaccination for collection of hyper-immune plasma was also studied. Results/Conclusion:  Our data comprising a 10-year evaluation of the current programmes, demonstrates no significant difference between the groups studied.  This indicates safety of the plasmapheresis procedures in plasma procurement.