Welcoming New Female Platelet Donors
As of November 18, 2016 we will be accepting new female platelet donors. Time to let your lifesaving powers shine!
What are platelets?
Have you ever cut your finger? Platelets are the blood component that stops the bleeding by clumping and clotting in the blood vessels. A normal platelet count ranges from 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood.
Are there any platelet donation requirements?
Platelet donors must meet the same medical criteria as whole blood donors, must have a suitable venous access, and a high enough platelet count.
What does it take to donate platelets?
To determine your eligibility to donate platelets, we ask that you schedule a sample draw. This sample is used to test for HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen). A sample is only required if you have had full term pregnancy or live birth. This test is an additional AABB guideline that has been implemented to ensure the safe transfusion of platelets to patients in order to avoid TRALI. TRALI, or a transfusion-related acute lung injury, is a serious transfusion complication that is caused when these leukocyte antibodies are present. The sample will take approximately 15-30 minutes and you should have results within 1 to 2 weeks. If you have never been pregnant, you do not need to provide a sample for testing and can schedule your first platelet donation today.
Who will you be helping?
Platelets help patients who are fighting cancer, in trauma situations, or in invasive surgeries that require help with clotting. Cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma often need radiation therapy, which lowers patients’ platelet counts. Patients must have a high enough platelet count in order to continue treatment. You can help them keep fighting. For every donation you make you can help treat up to three patients!
How does this donation differ from a whole blood donation?
Your blood will be processed through an apheresis machine to collect only platelets. Your red cell, plasma, and additional fluid will be reinfused.
What to expect for your first platelet donation?
Set aside about 2 hours when scheduling your appointment. We know that may be longer than expected, but your time directly benefits the treatment and wellness of so many patients in our community. You won’t be bored, watch your favorite Netflix series on our complimentary iPads!
After your first platelet donation you will be mailed a MVP (Most Valuable Platelet) Donor Club Card. You can donate platelets every 2 weeks and continue to earn additional rewards.
To schedule your sample draw or platelet appointment please call us at 1-888-71-BLOOD(25663).