Platelets/double red cell donations
DOUBLE RED CELL DONATION:
- Do You have Type O+, O-, A-, or B- Blood?
- Do you prefer to give blood just a few times per year?
- Then you are a great candidate to give blood and help more people!
Making a double red cell donation will help boost inventories & allow you to give 3 times per year or every 112 days!
It is safe and easy!
Double cell donations are much like regular blood donations in terms of volume taken from the donor. The difference is that only red cells are collected while the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor. In a regular blood donation donors give a combination of red, cells plasma and platelets. As a double red cell donor you can give us more of what we need most for area patients.
See the brochure below for details or call Community Blood Center at 239-624-4120.
- Do You have Type A+, B+ AB+ or AB- Blood?
- Do you prefer to donate every few weeks to help more patients?
- Then you are a great candidate to give platelets!
- Platelet donation is also referred to as “platelet apheresis” or “platelet pheresis” During a platelet donation, a small portion of your blood (about 1/4 pint at a time), is drawn from your arm and passed through a sophisticated cell-separating machine. The machine collects the platelets and safely returns the remaining blood components back to you. After the donation you can resume your normal activities, avoiding heavy lifting or strenuous exercise that day.
- Platelet donations are collected at Community Blood Center’s Naples Branch: 311 Ninth Street North, Suite 108. Call 239-624-4120 to make an appointment.
- Donors should NOT take any aspirin or products containing aspirin 48 hours before donation. You can donate platelets every 2 weeks up to 24 times per year.
- Plasma can be collected simultaneously with a platelet donation. Oftentimes plasma can be collected once a month.
- The donation takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours and is a single arm procedure.
- Donors may listen to music or simply relax during the donation process. Community Blood Center offers TVs and DVD players. WiFi is available.
Why are platelets important?
Platelets aid in the clotting process to prevent or stop bleeding and provide supportive treatment for patients with weakened immune systems, or for people undergoing chemotherapy for cancer or leukemia. Many patients receive platelets to replace depleted platelet levels due to severe or chronic bleeding seen in other life-threatening conditions. Because platelets are used to treat numerous serious health problems, they can often mean the difference between life and death.
Normally, platelets from four to six whole blood donations are required to achieve a therapeutic benefit from a single transfusion. Because healthy people have an abundance of platelets, the harvesting of platelets via apheresis methods yields enough platelets in a single donation to achieve a therapeutic transfusion without risk to the donor. A platelet dose from a single donor reduces the patient’s exposure to multiple donors and is often the preference of many physicians.
Unlike red blood cells, which may be transfused up to 42 days after donation, platelets must be transfused within five days. That's why platelet donors are so important. When you donate platelets, you know there is always a patient waiting to receive your gift.