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Platelets are tiny cells in your blood that form clots and stop bleeding.
For millions of Americans, they are essential to surviving and fighting cancer, chronic diseases, and traumatic injuries. Every 15 seconds someone needs platelets. Platelets must be used within five days and new donors are needed every day. I imagined the faces of many different strangers, taking time out of their day… their jobs… their families… their lives A stranger. Cassie Brabbs describing how it felt to see platelets help save her husband Phil. There are so many reasons to give platelets.
In this video, several Red Cross platelet donors share why they give in hopes of inspiring others. Will you them? Megan Stoy describing how platelets help her daughter Olivia who is fighting cancer. I made a decision to begin donating blood or platelets. I couldn't help Doug, but maybe I could help someone else. Types of Blood Donations. Platelet Donation.
Platelet Donation Everything you need to know about platelets, why they're so important, and what you can expect if you donate them. Play Video.
Why are platelets so important? Are you considering platelet donation? Make Your Appointment. Frequently Asked Questions. What is it like to donate platelets? Platelet donation is a little different than a regular whole blood donation. They cannot be given at a blood drive. Platelet donation uses a machine to extract just your platelets and then returns the rest of your blood back to you. From start to finish, it takes about three hours to donate platelets. Both arms are used during a platelet donation. This is because blood is drawn from one arm then the platelets are extracted using a machine, and the remaining blood components are returned to you through the other arm.
You will be able to provide in one platelet donation what would normally be collected from up to five whole blood donations.
In fact, some platelet donations yield enough platelets for two or three patients. You may be able to donate platelets up to 24 times a year compared to a maximum of 6 times a year for a whole blood donation. This blood is rapidly spun, which forces the platelets to separate from the other blood components. These cells then go into a sterile, single-use plastic bag. Meanwhile, the rest of your blood — the plasma, red cells and white cells — is returned to you. This cycle is repeated several times. A single donation of platelets often constitutes several transfusable platelet units. If I donate platelets, where do they go and who do they help?
Platelets are in constant demand by hospitals. After your platelet donation, they are immediately tested and prepared for delivery to a hospital. On average, platelets are transfused within 3 days of donation. About 2 million units of platelets are transfused each year in the U. Every 15 seconds someone in the U.
While cancer patients undergo treatment, a major side effect is low platelet count. Without a platelet transfusion cancer patients face life-threatening bleeding because platelets help blood to clot. Platelets also help patients survive major surgeries or serious injuries. After major surgery or serious injury, patients may need platelets to replace those lost during bleeding.
Platelets keep them alive while they recover. Platelets give strength to patients with blood disorders and those with transplants. Platelets transfusions go a long way to help keep these patients going and live more active, healthy lives. Because platelets must be used within five days, new donors are needed every day.
How long does it take to donate platelets? It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete the health history questionnaire and for the machine to be personally set-up for you. From there you can expect to be donating for about two hours followed by enjoying a snack in the refreshment area. This is because it takes time to separate and collect the platelets from the other blood components. During the process, platelets are removed from your blood and other fluids are returned to you.
What are the benefits to donating platelets? A platelet donation can provide a full dose of platelets for a patient, sometimes up to three patients. Many physicians and hospitals prefer it for patients requiring a platelet transfusion. A smaller needle is used for a platelet donation compared to a traditional whole blood donation so some donors find it to be more comfortable. How safe is donating platelets? Donating platelets is a safe process. Platelet donations are performed in a highly-controlled environment by professionally trained staff.
Each donation is collected through a new, sterile needle that is used once and then discarded. Although most people feel fine after donating platelets, a small of people may feel lightheaded or dizzy, have an upset stomach or experience a bruise or pain where the needle was inserted. Does it hurt? Only for a moment. Pinch the fleshy, soft underside of your arm. That pinch is similar to what you will feel when the needle is inserted in each arm. Some donors experience chills as fluids are returned to you. There are blankets available to help keep warm.
In addition, some donors may feel a slight tingling sensation.
This is a mild response to the anticoagulant used when the blood is returned to your body and can be quickly alleviated with calcium. How often can I donate platelets? Platelets may be donated every seven days, up to 24 times a year. Imagine if every platelet donor gave at least 10 times a year and the impact it would have!Adele - Easy On Me (Official Video)
How can I prepare for my platelet donation? You need an appointment to donate platelets. Answer questions and handle most of the paperwork before you show up. Please bring your Red Cross donor card or photo I. Do not take aspirin products for at least 2 full calendar days prior to your appointment. For example, if you take aspirin products on Monday, the soonest you may donate platelets is Thursday.I can give you just what need
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