As a platelet donors are able to donate every 8 days (up to 24 times a year), allowing you to save more lives.
Platelets are cells in your blood that help control bleeding and bruising. Platelets activate a substance in plasma which form a clot and allow a wound to heal.
Since platelets help control bleeding, they are very important for heart surgery patients, burn victims, organ transplant patients, bone marrow transplant patients, accident victims, premature babies, and especially cancer patients.
Some cancer treatments cause anemia and a loss of platelets. When platelet levels fall too low, platelets are transfused into patients to replenish their supply and prevent life-threatening hemorrhages. Many cancer patients require daily platelet transfusions for several weeks. Cancer is the #1 patient group who needs platelet transfusions.
You can give platelets every 8 days, up to 24 times a year.
Our bodies are able to reproduce platelets rapidly, so platelet donors can come back and donate every 8 days as opposed to every 56 days for a whole blood donation.
Platelets have the shortest shelf life of all blood components, lasting only 5 days. There is a constant need platelets for life-saving treatments.
Since platelet donors can donate every 8 days, you are able to save more lives.
As an added benefit, since the donation process is slightly longer then whole blood, your platelet donations count as 2 units of blood towards your gallon recognition.
Platelets are collected using an automated blood collection system (called apheresis) that separates your blood into its components – red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Your platelets are collected while your red blood cells and plasma are returned to you during the donation process. By returning your plasma along with the saline fluid, you leave more hydrated than you would from a whole blood donation.
Since, it takes 1 ½ hours to 2 hours for a platelet donation, we offer free Wi-Fi. Platelet donors may also bring along a book or watch a video to pass the time.
Please talk to any staff member about making an appointment to donate platelets, or call us at 1-800-B-A-DONOR (223-6667) and we’ll answer all your questions regarding platelet donations.
“I donate every 56 days along with donating platelets every two weeks, to me this is personal. My son lost his battle to leukemia when he was only 30-years-old. Seeing the amount of blood and platelets he was going through every day was something I could never forget. The time element is nothing compared to how much blood and platelets are needed in saving lives every day. There is such a big gift in donating and I am always encouraging others to donate.”
– Joanne Loeper, Reading, PA