When the disease (leukemias, lymphomas) or heavy treatments (chemotherapy, radiotherapy) prevent the production of blood cells by the bone marrow, the patient is said to be aplastic. The regular transfusion of platelets makes it possible to avoid the risk of haemorrhages involving the lives of patients. In the platelet donation process this is important now.
The gift of platelets
Blood donation is a source of platelets but to meet all needs, it is not enough. It is then necessary to collect platelets specifically.
Every day, 500 platelet donations are needed. The short lifespan (7 days) of platelets makes the regularity of donations essential.
How is a gift of platelets
The donation lasts 90 minutes. From the arrival to the departure, it is necessary to envisage approximately 2 hours.
The gift of platelets is done by appointment. Between 450 and 650 ml of platelet-rich plasma is taken from the donor by