Why donate platelets?
Your donation provides critically needed platelets for cancer patients, trauma patients and patients undergoing major surgeries. They also benefit patients with blood disorders and those receiving bone marrow transplants.
Platelets must be transfused within 5 to 7 days from collection, thus requiring a continuous supply of donations.
The Platelet Problem
Meet The Families Impacted by the shortage of platelet supply.
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The Donation Process at Trusting Heart
We strive to make the platelet donation as easy and comfortable as possible. We offer a spa-like facility with free wifi and snacks.
Rewards for Our Loyal Donors
We understand that donating platelets takes time away from your everyday activities.
Once you become a donor, you will be automatically included in our Rewards Program. Our Rewards Program compensates loyal donors who routinely take the time to donate platelets. You can earn up to *$3,400 a year in Rewards.
Yes, donating platelets is relatively safe. Numerous measures are in place to ensure the process is safe for donors. There are risks associated with donating platelet such as bruising, arm pain, and fainting. Studies indicate that these “adverse events” occur in about 2% of donations. Based on AABB standards and FDA regulations, all needles, tubing sets, collection bags and other supplies used in the donation process are sterile, used one time, then discarded to protect the donor, the patient, and the staff.
To be eligible to donate platelets, a donor must be at least 18 years old*, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Donors must meet the requirements set forth by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). Each donor must complete a donor history questionnaire and undergo a brief physical examination prior to every donation. At Trusting Heart Blood Center the requirements to become a platelet donor exceed the minimum eligibility criteria for platelet donation.
*In some states the minimum age may be less than 18 years old with parental/guardian consent.
Once collected, the platelets are immediately taken to our lab for processing and distribution; a process you can view via the window to our manufacturing area. Processing platelets in the lab takes approximately 36 hours. While the platelets are processing in the lab, blood samples collected during your donation are sent to a laboratory for infectious disease testing. After the processing and testing are completed, the platelets are then distributed to a local hospital for patient use.