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Occupational Medicine

Why should I be a Plateletpheresis Donor?

Every time you give blood, someone benefits. This is especially true with a platelet donation. In the past, the only way to collect enough platelets for a single transfusion was to take the units of blood given by 5 to 10 donors, separate the platelets from the other blood cells using centrifuge and combine the platelets.

Today, sophisticated medical equipment - blood cell separators - can collect enough platelets for a transfusion from a single donor. The separator automatically removes platelets from the blood you donate and returns the rest back to you. It is a simple, safe process - very much like a regular blood donation.