What is Platelet Pheresis?
Platelets are a part of blood critically needed to treat people with leukemia or cancer. Platelets are collected from volunteer donors during a process called pheresis, which means “to separate.” During platelet pheresis, the donor’s blood passes through a machine that collects the platelets and returns the other components to the donor. The process takes about 90 minutes, is safe and sterile, and provides a lifesaving blood product for seriously ill patients. Donors can give platelets every 2 weeks.
Why Platelets Are So Needed
Platelets don’t last very long. They have a very short shelf life – only five days. So, donors are needed every day to provide this lifesaving product.
Platelet Donors are Extra Special
Platelet donors relax in a reclining chair, cover up with a warm blanket, and have a selection of movies to watch on a personal TV/DVD. We hope you’ll give pheresis a try!
Fill out our online Platelet Pheresis Enrollment Form.
Download and print the Platelet Pheresis Enrollment Form as an Adobe Acrobat document (PDF).
Double Red Cell Donors (ALYX):
Eligible donors can give two units of red blood cells on the ALYX Component Collection System. The machine separates the red blood cells and returns the other blood components to the donor. Red blood cells are the most common component used in blood transfusions. The ALYX program allows the Blood Bank to collect more blood – and save more lives – with one donation. Donors can give an ALYX donation every 112 days.
Men should be at least 5′ 1″ and 130 pounds.
Women should be at least 5′ 5″ and 150 pounds.
Fill out our online Double Red Cell Enrollment Form.
Download and print the Double Red Cell Enrollment Form as an Adobe Acrobat document (PDF).