platelet donation process (apheresis)
Platelet donations are taken via apheresis, a process that separates blood components.
In a Platelet Donation, a portion of the Donor’s blood is drawn and separated; their red cells, some plasma, and saline are returned to the Donor.
All of our Donor Centers use a single needle stick to draw the blood from the Donor’s arm and it is passed through a sophisticated cell-separating machine called a Trima machine.
Everything the Donor uses is a single-use product, so there is zero risk of cross-contamination.
Many Donors feel as good after an apheresis donation than WB, if not better, due to the hydration.
Height, Weight, Age, Gender
Refer to individual Client Intranet pages
Platelet donations take 90-120 minutes, depending on the Client's screening process and the quantity of platelets being drawn.
Platelet donations require specialized staff and a longer donation time. Be aware of time constraints when scheduling!
We do NOT schedule platelets with 2hr Windows except in unique, Client-specific circumstances.
Platelet Donors cannot take aspirin or any medicine containing aspirin for 3 days before donating.
Be sure to let ALL Platelet Donors know about this restriction!