Platelets are blood cells that are required to stop bleeding. Plateletpheresis is the procedure whereby a donor after being connected to a machine called cell separator using disposable sets, is able to donate much more platelets than is possible from whole blood donations. During the procedure, all remaining components are returned to the donor. The platelets collected are regenerated with in 48 hours; hence he can donate platelets every 3 days. After donating blood he can donate platelets after 8 weeks. This procedure approximately takes one or one & half hours.
Leukemia patient undergoing chemotherapy require large amount of platelets. Once chemotherapy is started the patient will constantly need platelets during the course of the treatment.
We look forward to your cooperation in helping us to supply life-saving platelets, which are always in great demand and short supply. Please go through the following instructions carefully. If you have any question or concern, please contact any of he doctor in the Department of transfusion medicine.