Central Jersey Blood Center
What are platelet donations?
Platelets are needed to treat patients with blood diseases, cancer and other illnesses, and as more common conditions can be treated with platelets, the need for these contributors grows. Diseases such as leukemia that were once 100% fatal are now being treated and often cured by a combination of modern medicine and repeated transfusions of platelets. A patient that needs platelets can receive an entire dose from a single platelet pheresis donor, which eliminates the need for multiple donors. Also, one platelet donation provides as many platelets as six to eight whole blood donations. Hospitals throughout the Central New Jersey region rely on our NJ Blood Centers to provide a regular supply of fresh platelets.
Platelet pheresis is a process used to extract platelets—tiny cells that help blood clot—from blood. Platelet donors must meet the same medical criteria as whole blood donors and must have a suitable venous access. Platelet donors can contribute more often because the body replaces platelets within 24 hours.
I'm up to 20 platelet donations year to date through November, 2016 -- 155 lifetime donations.
Can you catch up I challenge you to donate platelets at least once a month.
Click this button to visit the CJBC Platelet donation site