Platelet Donation

 What is a platelet donation?

In a traditional blood donation, donors give whole blood—which consists of red cells, plasma and platelets. We also offer an automated donation, called a MAX Donation, in which donors can give a specific component in greater quantities than can be collected in a whole blood donation.

Type A-positive and B-positive Donors are ideal candidates for giving a MAX platelet donation since those platelet may be transfused to a majority of hospital patients.

MAX Donations: During the MAX donation, whole blood is collected from one arm and goes into a machine called a “cell separator.” The machine separates the components and collects a measured amount of the desired component into a special bag. Then the other components are combined with a saline solution and returned to the donor. In some MAX donations, more than one component is collected.

MAX Platelet Donation:  Platelets help control bleeding. They are used in large quantities and over extended periods of time by leukemia, cancer, aplastic anemia and marrow transplant patients. Platelets also are used during surgery to help stop bleeding. 

The entire MAX platelet donation takes less than two hours. This includes the health interview, approximately one hour and 20 minutes for the actual donation and time for light refreshments afterwards. Your body is able to replenish its supply of platelets very quickly. You may donate platelets as frequently as every seven days, but no more than 24 times in a 12 month period.

Along with meeting the criteria for whole blood donors, platelet donors have two added restrictions:

  1. NO ASPIRIN or anything containing aspirin or FELDENE (piroxicam) can be taken 48 hours before donation
  2. NO PLAVIX (clopidogrel), TICLID (ticlopidine) or EFFIENT (prasugrel) can be taken in the 14 days before donation

Platelets Change Lives: Meet Amanda, a patient who needed platelets because of liver transplant surgery. (Click on the video to hear her full story.)

Stories from the Heart Amanda from United Blood Services on Vimeo.

Diagnosed with Wilson’s Disease, Amanda needed several blood blood transfusions. Hear her story on how blood donors saved her life. Brought to you by United Blood Services/Arizona, Find the hero in you.