Some tips on donating blood

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Wed Sep 12 2001 - 08:12:10 MDT

I wanted to pass along some tips for potential blood donors.

I went to the Red Cross Blood Center here in Chicago last night to
donate, and had my heart warmed to see more than 50 people waiting.

It turns out I was the only one there for apheresis
(platelets/plasma). Since I was already a regular donor, (and
called ahead) and the only apheresis donor there I was admitted

Apheresis take about two hours (most of the other donors had
finished before me) but yields two units of platelets from a
healthy donor. (I gave plasma last week and have to wait 28 days)
It would take between 12 and 16 regular units to be spun down for
platelets if they were needed. Platelets are always needed.

The other big advantage is that you can give again in a few days vs
the 3 month wait for whole blood donors, I give again on Saturday.

Consider apheresis.


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