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Platelet Donors Needed at American Red Cross

Central Plains Blood Services Region

November 2, 2011
 

Media Contact: Jennifer L. Keller - (316) 268-0853 / Cell: (316) 558-2428
E-Contact Info: kellerje@usa.redcross.org / http://twitter.com/redcrosskansas
Websites: www.redcrossblood.org

Wichita, Kan. – Nov.2, 2011 – The American Red Cross provides three blood components to the hospitals we serve – red blood cells, plasma and platelets.

When you give a whole blood donation, the Red Cross collects about one pint of your blood. That pint is separated into the three blood components.

Although there is a constant need for all three components, there is an urgent need for platelets.  The supply of platelets in the Central Plains Region is at dangerously low levels. 

“Platelets are the fragile cells that control bleeding and can be used for cancer patients and those undergoing chemotherapy. They have a shelf life of just five days, so they must constantly be replenished,” said Terri Dunaway, CEO, Central Plains Region.

People can give platelets through a process called apheresis. Current whole blood donors can give platelets in between whole blood donations, up to 12 times a year. During apheresis, a cell separator is used to collect only the platelets, then the red cells and plasma is returned to the donor. The donation process takes about two and a half hours. The body replenishes the platelets donated within 36 to 48 hours of donation. With so little red cell loss, platelet donation does not greatly affect a person’s red cell count.

People with all blood types are needed for platelet donation, especially people who are A positive, A negative, AB positive and AB negative. If you would like to learn more about giving platelets or schedule an appointment, call 268-0875 or toll free: 1-866-206-0694.

The Wichita Blood Platelet Center, located at 707 N. Main, Wichita, Kan., is open:
Monday & Friday – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.*
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.*
Saturday & Sunday – 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.*

W.H. and Helen M. Graves Blood Platelet Center, 120 W. Prescott, Salina, Kan., is open:
Monday & Friday – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.*
Saturday & Sunday – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.*

*Donors can make appointments up until the latest time listed above and stay until the donation is completed.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

 

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