Winter weather has caused hundreds of lost donations over the weekend. Please give as soon as able. All types are needed, especially universal donors. For those eligible to donate, please find a Donor Center or mobile blood drive near you at www.bloodcenterimpact.org or by calling (800) 747-5401.
Many lifesaving medical treatments require platelet transfusions. Cancer patients, those receiving organ or bone marrow transplants, victims of traumatic injuries, and patients undergoing open heart surgery require platelet transfusions to survive.
Blood is drawn from the donor's arm through sterile tubing into a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the blood to separate the components. A port is opened in the centrifuge and platelets are drawn into a collection bag while the remaining blood components are returned to the donor's blood stream.
Depending on your weight and height, the apheresis donation process will take approximately 70 minutes to two hours. You may watch television or videotapes, listen to music, or simply sit back and relax while helping to save a life.Donor Informed Consent
Because platelets must be transfused within five days of donation, the need for platelet donations is vast and continuous. Apheresis donors must:
Click here to view our apheresis brochure.For more information or to make an appointment, call us at 800-747-5401 or write to email@example.com.
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