Platelet donation, also known as platelet pheresis, is the process by which a small percentage of donor platelets are harvested.
Platelets play an important role in forming clots to help stop bleeding. The donated units are most often used by patients with blood-related cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, those undergoing chemotherapy as well as heart surgery and trauma patients.
While one donation is often enough to help two patients, the donor has plenty of platelets remaining for his or her well-being. Donation takes approximately 90 minutes.
Since platelets can only be kept for a maximum of five days after collection (as opposed to 42 days for blood), platelet shortages are a common problem.
To learn more about platelet donation or to schedule a donation, call (970) 350-6100.