400 billion platelets
Platelets are the smallest cell components in your blood. An adult has an average of about 150 to 400 billion platelets per litre of blood. These platelets ensure that your blood coagulates properly when required, among others. Platelets have a very short shelf life.
A platelet transfusion can save so many lives! Think of patients with leukaemia or cancer patients who need to undergo chemotherapy. Chemotherapy can lower the platelet count so much that it can result in spontaneous bleeding. So needless to say, platelet donation is of vital importance!
Keen to donate platelets? Get ready to save lives!
- How often can I donate? You can donate platelets every two weeks, but you need to have donated blood at least once before.
- How long does it take? The platelet collection process takes 60 to 90 minutes.
- How does it work? We will explain every step in the process as you go along..
- Where can I donate? Since we need a special device for platelet collection, you can only donate at our donation centres. Look for a centre near you!.