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Old 06-24-2008, 09:04 PM
 
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I've donated blood on a regular basis for many years now. About a month ago, the Red Cross asked if I would consider being an apheresis donor? At my first appt I asked how they picked me. They said I was contacted because I have a high level of platelets. I know the benefits are many for cancer and bone marrow transplant type patients as they need platelets and plasma. Are there any risks/downsides to donating only platelets/plasma? I trust that if they say I'm a good candidate to do this, that I am. I'm not cynical but I'm just interested in other opinions to feel a little more comfortable. Thanks
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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If I remember,,,you must be in perfect health and they check you before...Like a perfect temp, heart rate etc etc. If one thing is even remotely off, they will ask you to come back...I think it takes longer then a regular donation. Like maybe an hour or so...I have heard of people getting really sick to their stomachs, others lightheaded...but they check you out really well to make sure the donation went well. I think there is a good compensation for apheresis donation too...
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:31 PM
 
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Danielle, thanks for your response ... the screening process is quite rigorous. Based on the pre-testing, the "machine" is programmed to take a certain amount of platelets and plasma. After my first time (about an hour), I had no side effects. The nurses were really "selling" me to be a pheresis donor, going forward, which I thought was sort of odd. I'm there to donate and help people; they don't need to sell me on it. I guess that's why I'm posting the question. Maybe some people know something that I don't and need to be sold on the process. I'm just trying to get all the facts.
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:48 PM
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Location: De Soto, IA
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Default A salute to you as a donor!

First of all, I congratulate you on donating blood! You are among a very small percentage of Americans who donate. Platelet donation is a longer process, but in some centers they provide movies to watch. If your platelet count is higher, it usually equates to a shorter donation time. Some donors find that donating platelets actually makes them feel better because they receive their red blood cells and extra fluid back. It is the red blood cells that take longer for the body to replace and they carry the iron in the blood. Your body replaces platelets more rapidly and you are eligible to donate more often. Platelets do not have as long of a shelf life so platelet donations are important. Plus, when a patient receives a platelet donation, the amount of platelets needed for just one transfusion takes about 6 regular (whole blood) donations as opposed to one platelet donation. Hope this helps. Whether you decide to do this or just continue your regular donations, I salute you and all the other numerous donors. You can be proud because you are saving lives!
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:10 PM
 
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Thanks gm4 ... I know there is a greater need for apheresis donors and based on my first experience, I will continue to do it. I guess The Red Cross just has a tough time getting folks to do it and wanted to make sure I came back apheresis (vs regular donation).
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:58 AM
 
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Is there any side effects donating platelets? ive been donating for almost 3 years in every twice a month, I just want to know more about this specially we are here in the MIDDLE EAST.
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Is there any side effects donating platelets? ive been donating for almost 3 years in every twice a month, I just want to know more about this specially we are here in the MIDDLE EAST.
You resurrected a thread that is over 2 years old, but it is on a topic that deserves it.

See here: Donating Blood and Platelets | Cancer.Net

" Although apheresis is painless, some donors experience some mild side effects—such as tingling sensations, especially around the face and mouth, and feeling chilled—which the donation center staff can help manage."

Receiving platelets from fewer donors really reduces the risk to the person receiving the platelets. Each time you donate, you are helping two people. It takes platelets from six different whole blood donors to help one patient.

My son needed platelets frequently while he was on chemo for his leukemia. Thank you on behalf of all who have benefited from your generosity.
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Old 10-27-2010, 12:19 AM
 
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thank you suzy for the explaination.but how many days do we recover out platelets & plasma?

we help people around us but it helps us too..
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Old 10-27-2010, 05:42 PM
 
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I have a friend that does that on a regular basis and he is proud to do it and has no problems doing it. They once told him how many people that his alone could help, some of them save their lives and it was IMPRESSIVE!
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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thank you suzy for the explaination.but how many days do we recover out platelets & plasma?

we help people around us but it helps us too..
Plasma is replaced almost as fast as you can drink fluids. Platelets are replaced in about 3 days.


I know what you mean about it helping us, too. Makes you feel good, doesn't it?
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