Are there side effects to donating platelets?

Are there side effects to donating platelets?

Are there side effects to donating platelets?

Most donors feel fine after donating blood or platelets, but a small number of people may experience an upset stomach, feel faint or dizzy, or have bruising, redness or pain where the needle was inserted. It’s helpful to drink extra fluids for 48 hours following your donation.

Is it safe to donate platelets?

Is it safe to donate platelets? Yes, it is safe to donate platelets. All needles and supplies used to collect platelets are sterile, disposable, and used only once — for you — before being discarded.

Why can’t some people donate platelets?

TRALI is a rare but serious complication of blood transfusions most commonly thought to be caused by a reaction to HLA antibodies present in the donor’s plasma. If you test positive for these antibodies, you are no longer eligible for platelet and plasma donations.

Do you have to be a match to donate platelets?

Platelets are not as type specific as red blood cells, meaning that most patients can accept platelets from donors with any blood type, regardless of the patient’s blood type. Since platelets only last for FIVE days, they are always needed by patients.

What is the minimum platelet count to donate platelets?

150,000 platelets
(1) You must take adequate and appropriate steps to assure that the donor’s platelet count is at least 150,000 platelets per microliter (/[micro]L) before plateletpheresis begins.

How are platelet donations done at OneBlood?

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.

When do you have to take aspirin to donate platelets?

Frequently Asked Questions. Do not take aspirin products for at least 2 full calendar days prior to your appointment. For example, if you take aspirin products on Monday, the soonest you may donate platelets is Thursday. Eligibility requirements for platelet donation are the same as a whole blood donation.

How long does it take to register to donate platelets?

This is in addition to the time it takes you to complete your registration form and have your medical history taken and reviewed. Plan to spend about 2 1/2 hours in the Blood Donor Room when you are donating platelets. 2. Why do some cancer patients need platelets? Some cancer treatments cause a loss of platelets.

Where can you donate platelets at the American Red Cross?

Here’s how: Platelets can only be donated at select American Red Cross Donation Centers and it requires an appointment. They cannot be given at a blood drive. Platelet donation uses a machine to extract just your platelets and then returns the rest of your blood back to you.