We are encouraging blood donations now and in the next 8 weeks to ensure adequate supplies during the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19).  We are working to prevent shortages locally. We are monitoring credible health agencies for updates on COVID-19 and are responding accordingly. For blood drive sponsor groups that are considering cancelling drives, please work with us on potential options to re-direct donors. There is no known risk to the safety of the nation’s blood supply except for lack of donations and there are no reports of spread of this respiratory virus, by blood transfusion. Giving blood is critical to ensure an adequate supply to meet patient needs.  Click here for more information about our response to COVID-19.

Blood donation is permitted under the Stay at Home directive in the State of Illinois.
Click here for more information from the Department of Homeland Security.

the basics

infographic about platelet donation

During a platelet donation, blood is drawn into a centrifuge to separate the components. Once separated, the platelets are removed from the centrifuge while the remaining blood components are returned to the donor.

How Long Does it Take?

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

preferred blood types

  • A positive
  • B positive
  • O positive
  • AB positive and negative

In addition to the standard donor eligibility requirements, platelet donors have additional medication considerations:

  • No aspirin or aspirin products can be taken 48 hours before donating, because aspirin affects platelets' ability to function properly.
  • Some other medications affect platelets and may result in a temporary inability to donate. Piroxicam (Feldene) use requires a 2-day deferral after stopping. The anti platelet drugs clopidogrel (Plavix), ticlopidine (Ticlid) and cilostazol (Pletal) require 14-day deferrals.
  • Ibuprofen Motrin, Advil and many other non-aspirin drugs ARE acceptable.

To be certain a medication is acceptable, call (800) 747-5401 and ask to speak to someone in Donor Record Logistics. Donors must never stop prescribed drugs in order to donate, unless they have cleared this with their doctor.

Platelet Donation Frequency

infographic showing 24 figures with donating bands on arm and says up to 24 times a year

Our bodies are constantly replacing platelets so you are eligible to donate once a week, up to 24 times a year. Healthy individuals have a surplus of platelets, so removal of this quantity has no adverse affects.

While donors are eligible to donate more frequently with platelet donations, you don’t necessarily need to commit to giving this often. Our recruitment department is happy to work with you to find a donation frequency pattern that works best for you and fits what time you have to donate. 

  • Wait 7 days after a platelet donation to give whole blood.
  • Wait 7 days after a whole blood or plasma product donation to donate platelets.
  • Wait 28 days after a plasma product donation to donate whole blood.
  • Wait 112 days after a double red cell donation.

Platelet need

We need platelets EVERY day, but because platelets only have a 5 day shelf life, FRIDAY-MONDAY are higher need days. Collecting more on those days ensures platelets will be ready Monday-Thursday, days when transfusion and surgeries are more likely to be scheduled by a hospital.

days of the week with Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday highlighted in red

For more information or to make an appointment, call us at 800-747-5401 or email apheresis@mvrbc.org.