Platelets, which aid the clotting process, are critical in the treatment of cancer patients, trauma victims, surgical patients and certain blood disorders. Thousands of patients in our community, ranging from newborn babies to seniors, require platelets every year.
During the donation process, called apheresis (a-fer-EE-sis), your platelets are separated from other blood components, which are returned to you with additional fluids. Platelets are constantly replaced in our bodies and are replenished within a few days of your donation.
Donating platelets takes 1.5-2 hours. SunCoast’s donor centers and platelet bus are designed to provide an environment where you can relax, watch a movie, read a book, chat with fellow donors, or simply enjoy some “me” time while performing a vital, lifesaving service.
Please note: donors cannot take aspirin products 48 hours prior to donating as it affects the clotting ability of platelets.