New ‘female friendly’ plasma machines will enable more lifesaving donations in the West Midlands

Birmingham’s plasma donor centre is upgrading to new female friendly donor machines which will almost double the number of women who can donate lifesaving plasma.

The previous donation machines operated to a minimum height and weight criteria that ruled most women out. Only around 8% of the 1,000 plasma donors at the centre in Birmingham were female, because of the restrictions.

However, the new machines will operate with new height and weight criteria, based on more up to date evidence meaning that the majority of women can now donate plasma.

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