When feasible, donors have
the option to choose to donate blood for themselves prior to surgery (Autologous)
or designate specific people to donate for them (Directed). This requires
a prescription from the patient's doctor.
For more information on
contact Renee Bennett at 973-676-4700, ext.127.
An apheresis donation is the
donation of one component of blood, usually platelets or plasma. It
involves drawing out whole blood which is spun and separated, keeping the
one component, and returning the unused portion of blood back to the
donor. It is an extremely valuable donation. A platelet apheresis donation
yields 6-10 times the platelets as can be gotten from a whole blood
donation and is frequently used for cancer patients and patients
undergoing organ transplants. For type AB donors, Plasma Apheresis is
greatly needed. Type AB is considered the universal and two times as much
plasma is received from a plasma apheresis donation.
information on the Apheresis Program,
please call 1-800-256-6365