Platelet Donation

Platelets

Platelets hold a unique power to save lives. Cancer patients are a primary recipient of platelets due to the harsh effects of chemotherapy.

Platelet donations are done using a process called automation (sometimes referred to as apheresis). Automation allows us to collect specific components of your blood at a larger volume. For example, one automated platelet donation produces one or more complete platelet doses for a patient. It would take six to eight whole blood donors pooled together to produce one complete platelet dose.

  • People with the following blood types should consider donating Platelets.
    A Positive B Positive AB Negative AB Positive O Positive
  • How Often Can You Donate Platelets?

    Every 7 days and can give up to 24 times a year.

  • The best days to donate platelets are Friday through Monday to meet hospital needs.

    You can donate platelets in donor centers and on select mobiles. Appointments are recommended. Click here to find a donor center and schedule an appointment.

 

How You Can Help

Blood Donor Basics

Blood Donor Basics

Your health is important to us, and we want to help you maintain it.

Blood Donation FAQs

Hosting a Blood Drive

Your help as our community partner is essential to the blood supply.

Donation Methods

Donation Methods

Let your blood type lead the way to donate your powerful lifesaving gift.

Donation Methods

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