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Give The Apheresis Way

What is Apheresis?

An apheresis donation involves giving one component of blood, usually platelets, but also plasma or red cells.  During the apheresis procedure, blood is drawn from your arm and passed through a collection kit in a blood-separating machine that separates and collects the platelets, plasma, or red cells and returns the rest of your blood to you.  It is an extremely valuable donation.

A platelet donation yields 6-10 times the platelets that can be given during a whole blood donation.  As new advances in technology develop, the need for single donor platelet donations is rising.  Platelets are used frequently for cancer, open heart surgery, and organ transplant patients.

People with certain blood types may be asked to make a donation of plasma and/or red cells with a platelet apheresis donation.  Plasma from people with type AB blood is particularly valuable as AB plasma can be given to virtually everyone.  Red cells from people with types O negative, A negative, and B negative are also valuable since these are the types of red cells that are chronically in short supply.

People with all blood types are needed for platelet apheresis donations. If you have a particularly high platelet count, we may ask you to give a double - or even a triple-platelet donation!

When you arrive to donate, our experienced technicians will determine your platelet count and talk with you about the best donation for you to make.  This is determined by your platelet count, your blood type, your height and weight, and patient need.

 

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