Brochure for platelet donation s. region.pmd
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What is apheresis?
Why is blood separated into components?
you heard it, or said it?In response to finding
Different patients need different blood components,
depending on their illness or injury. After you donate
whole blood, the unit is separated by our laboratory
professionals into: platelets, red cells, plasma, and then
cryoprecipitate is made (for the bleeding disorder
Only two tablespoons of platelets are collected from
the specifically neededblood component are
an entire whole blood donation. Six whole blood
donations must be used to provide a single platelet
What are platelets?
transfusion. However, one apheresis donation provides
How long does it take?
enough platelets for one complete transfusion – six
times the amount collected from a whole blood
control bleeding. During harsh but necessary
the apheresis donation process will take anywhere from
chemotherapy and radiation treatments, patients’
one hour to 90 minutes. You can watch television or
How many people can I save?
the movie of your choice, or simply relax and enjoy the
Without a transfusion from a healthy person, the patient
is at risk of a fatal brain hemorrhage. When a blood
Who can be an apheresis donor?
vessel is damaged, platelets collect at the site of the
injury and temporarily repair the tear. Platelets then
Apheresis donors new to the LifeShare program must
“single,” “double” or “triple” dona-
activate clotting factor substances in plasma which form
be *males in good health, at least 17 years old and 110
pounds. You also must not have used an anti-
inflamatory for 24 hours, or taken aspirin or aspirin-
Who needs platelets?
containing products, within 48 hours of donation.
Many lifesaving medical treatments require platelet
How often can I donate
(*It has recently been discovered that during pregnancy
transfusions, but most often platelets are given to cancer
a woman can develop certain antibodies through
and leukemia patients. Other patients include those
contact with fetal blood. In vary rare cases, those
receiving organ or bone marrow transplants, victims of
antibodies can cause a reaction in a platelet recipient.
traumatic injuries, and patients undergoing open heart
To that end, going forward the charity is choosing to
surgery. Because platelets can be stored for only five
error on the conservative side - recruiting only men -
days, the need for platelet donations is vast and
until medical science is better able to understand this
continuous. The platelet donation process is called an
Are apheresis donations safe?
Who is LifeShare?
Yes. Each donation is closely supervised throughout
LifeShare Community Blood Services was founded as
the procedure by highly trained, caring staff.
a charity in 1948 to provide blood and components for
the critically ill and injured across Northeast Ohio. Blood
Only a small percentage of your platelets are collected,
collected remains in the community where it was do-
so there is no risk of bleeding problems. Your body will
nated. LifeShare is the only source of blood to hospital
replace the donated platelets within 72 hours.
patients in Lorain County, the primary source of bloodto those treated in Stark County, and a major provider
The donation equipment (needle, tubing, collection bags)
is sterile and discarded after every donation, making itimpossible to contract a disease from the process.
LifeShare has seven permanent neighborhood donor fa-
How does the procedure work?
cilities across the region and conducts blood drives sevendays a week year ‘round. To find a location near you
During an apheresis donation, blood is drawn from your
arms into an automated cell separator. Inside a sterilekit within the machine, your blood is spun and platelets
LifeShare only collects platelets at specially equipped
are removed. Your remaining blood components are
LifeShare Platelet Collection Facilities
What blood types are needed for
LifeShare needs males with types A Positive and B
1455 Harrison Ave. NW, Suite 208, North Bldg.
If you are a male with AB blood type you may be an
ideal candidate to give a simultaneous platelet and plasma
donation. Your plasma is “universal” in that it may be
safely given to anyone regardless of blood type.
To make a platelet donation appointment
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