Close to some 56,000 – 57,000 units or pints of blood and blood components are required each year for patient treatment and care in Mauritius. Platelets are a component of blood whose function (along with the coagulation factors) is to stop bleeding by clumping and clotting. Read more on platelets (John Hopkins Medicine).
Currently we are particularly looking to boost our recruitment of A, B and O negative group donors as their donations can be given to patients with blood groups other than their own. We also need Red Blood Cells for accident, cancer, anemia and low red blood cells level etc. Giving of Red Blood Cells through apheresis (Leukapheresis) or by giving whole blood not only are very important by saving lives of patients, but, it may help to prevent complications of thrombosis (formation of blood clot inside blood vessels – a vein or an artery).
Will medication affect my platelet donation?
You cannot donate platelets if you have taken aspirin, aspirin-containing medications, piroxicam or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen in the last 48 hours.
Who can donate platelets?
Almost anyone who is a whole blood donor can donate platelets. You are eligible if you are between 18 and 55 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health. You can donate platelets every 15 days or a total of 24 times per year. Platelet donors must not take aspirin or products containing aspirin within 48 hours of their donation. (see above).
Does it hurt?
You should not feel any discomfort at all, though a small pinch like a normal blood donation process. Some donors experience tingling during the donation, but increasing calcium in your diet prior to donating helps alleviate this symptom.
How long does it take?
It is done in 6 to 8 cycles. The actual platelet donation time takes between 60 to 90 minutes. This depends on the donor’s platelet count, and total blood volume.
Why should I donate?
Cancer, and leukemia patients benefit significantly from platelets, which greatly reduce the chances of rejection. With state – of – the – art medicine, we don’t really have stand by donors as it was practiced during cardio vascular surgery. So, platelets are also transfused to these patients.
How will my blood and platelet donation help patients ?
A cancer patient can require up to 2 units of platelets per week.
An automobile accident victim can use up to:
- 50 units of red blood cells
- 2 units of platelets
- 10 units of plasma
A Liver transplant recipient uses on average:
- 25 units of red blood cells
- 5 units of platelets
- 40 units of plasma
A Heart surgery patient uses on average:
- 7 units of red blood cells
- 2 units of platelets
- 4 units of plasma
How do I feel after giving platelets?
You will feel great when you know you have given a person a chance to live. You should not feel tired or lightheaded since you loose such a small amount of red blood cells. Like after a normal blood donation, try to avoid strenuous exercise or lifting after donating.
For more information and booking an appointment please call on:
427 7192/424 4766/424 0650
See details on the website: http://www.blooddonorsnetwork.org