Red Cross calls for platelet donations

We could use some platelets.

The Red Cross is asking platelet donors to schedule appointments to give this week to help meet patient needs. Platelets have a very short shelf life from donation to transfusion – only five days.  As summer gets underway, those who are eligible are strongly encouraged to give as frequently as they can.

So, what is a platelet donation?  Well, during a platelet donation, a small portion of your blood (about 1/4 pint at a time), is drawn and passed through a sophisticated cell-separating machine. The machine collects the platelets and safely returns the remaining blood back to you.  What is so remarkable about platelet donation is that a single platelet donation can provide enough platelets for a full therapeutic dose, and sometimes even two or three doses.  In contrast, it takes four to six whole blood donations to produce a single therapeutic dose.

To learn more about platelet donation or to make an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit our website at http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/types-donations/platelet-donation.

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