Platelet Donation, otherwise known as Apheresis, is a special type of blood donation where platelets are withdrawn from the donor’s blood and the remaining blood components are returned back to the donor.
Why Dengue Patients need platelets.
- Dengue virus affects platelet production
- It destroys the body’s capacity to produce new platelets leading to drop in platelet count
- Platelet count below 50000 is critical
- There are chances of developing bleeding complication as seen in dengue haemorrhagic fever which can be fatal in extreme cases
Register today, Donate when required.
- Unlike blood, platelets cannot be stored for more than 5 days.
- Registering as a donor helps build a database of willing donors.
- When the need arises, patients are matched with willing donors and contacted.
WHO CAN DONATE?
- 18 to 65 years
- Weight > 55kg
- Hemoglobin level > 12.5g/dL
- Platelet count > 1.5 lac/cumm
Is it safe?
Platelets donated during one Apheresis session by one donor is sufficient for a single transfusion, reducing the chance of transmitted infections.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The procedure takes 90 minutes
HOW OFTEN CAN ONE DONATE?
- Twice a week (with at least a 48 hour gap)
- 24 times a year