Blood donations play an integral part in the life saving technologies of modern medicine; however, its lesser known counter-part is platelet donation which is equally as important to fight serious illnesses.
At the Blood Donor Center at Saddleback Memorial, platelet donation is done through a process called plateletpheresis. This process uses a special device that collects the donor’s blood, extracts the platelets and returns the red blood cells and fluids back to the donor in a single needle – thus only collecting the platelet cells which assist the body to stop bleeding.
Platelets are typically used for leukemia patients and other patients undergoing chemotherapy, organ or bone marrow transplant patients, and for patients having surgery; a single platelet donation can provide enough platelets for a full therapeutic dosage.
Platelet donations can be made every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. While platelet extraction takes more time than a simple blood donation, you do not have to stop your busy life. During the donation, donors can access the Internet and watch movies in the Blood Donor Center’s state-of-the-art E-Chairs.
Platelets have a much shorter shelf life, and supplies are in constant demand, so Saddleback Memorial needs your help to keep the supply stocked! With ten convenient appointment times, platelet donation has never been easier. If you are interested in donating platelets or have questions, please call Carol Carranza at (949) 452-3159.