platelets "why are they important?"
Platelets are the most needed component in any Donor Program, and are the most expensive when purchased from an outside source.
During a platelet donation, we will collect one, two, or three units of platelets. A technician will recommend the number of units based on Donor's weight, hemoglobin level, and platelet count that day.
A triple platelet donation can provide up to 3 therapeutic doses to be transfused. This can be used for either 3 separate patients or 3 doses for a single patient!
Platelets can only be stored for 5 days - that means we need to continually replenish the supply, especially before weekends and around holidays.
Platelet donations can be made up to 24 times per year!
(check individual Client information for specifics)