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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