What is Plasma?
Plasma is a straw-colored “liquid” portion of the blood, which is also composed of a “cellular” portion consisting of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
Plasma is made up of:
- Water (about 90%)
- Proteins and clotting factors (about 10%)
- Small amounts of salts, glucose, and lipids
It contains important substances like antibodies that protect us from such diseases as hepatitis, rabies, tetanus, and chicken pox; clotting factors that stop bleeding; and proteins that can be vital to the survival of trauma and burn victims.