Platelet Donation at PlasmaSource

In addition to plasma, you can donate platelets at PlasmaSource.

Like plasma, platelet donations are essential for providing life-changing platelet and platelet-rich plasma therapy to those struggling with cancer, blood disorders, traumatic injuries, and more.

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What are Platelets?

Platelets, also known as thrombocytes, are tiny blood cells that play a crucial role in the blood clotting process. They are produced in the bone marrow and circulate throughout your blood. 

Apart from clotting, platelets also release various substances that help repair and heal damaged blood vessels. They contain granules filled with proteins, enzymes, and other molecules that help clot formation and promote healing.

Maintaining an appropriate number of platelets is essential for healthy clotting. Abnormal platelet levels—either too high (thrombocytosis) or too low (thrombocytopenia)—can lead to bleeding disorders or excessive clotting, which can be problematic for your overall health.

What Are Platelets used for?

Along with the essential role platelets play in blood clotting, a platelet transfusion due to low platelet count may be effective in:

  • Treating bleeding disorders like immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), leukemia, or aplastic anemia.
  • Cancer treatment such as Chemotherapy can reduce platelet counts, leading to increased bleeding risk. 
  • Managing trauma and injuries that can cause massive blood loss.
  • Bone marrow disorders that affect the bone marrow’s ability to produce platelets, such as myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) or certain genetic conditions.
  • Certain surgeries involve high bleeding risks or those impacting organs like the liver or spleen.

Platelet transfusions are critical to medical care, especially when the body’s natural production is insufficient or compromised.

Why Cancer Patients Need Platelet Donations?

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are known to damage the bone marrow, where platelets are produced. Cancer patients often rely on blood and platelet donations to help replenish low platelets and prevent or treat bleeding complications that may arise from surgeries, biopsies, or other procedures.

Platelet donations can help cancer patients maintain adequate platelet counts, allowing them to continue their cancer treatments without delay.

During this donation, a phlebotomist uses a special machine to separate and collect your platelets and some plasma while returning your red blood cells, white blood cells, and most of your plasma.

Considering Platelet Donation? Here’s How You Can Help

Your platelet donation can change lives. Platelet donation is a crucial and impactful way to support those in need when they need it most. 

Becoming a platelet donor is a straightforward process. First, ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. Before your initial appointment, you should stay hydrated and have a healthy meal. Avoid aspirin or aspirin-containing products before donation, as they can affect platelet function.

During donation, a machine separates platelets from your blood and returns the remaining components to your body—a procedure called apheresis. After donation, rest, hydrate, and follow any post-donation instructions. 

When you commit to becoming a regular platelet donor, you help to ensure a consistent supply of this vital resource and make a profound difference in the lives of patients who rely on platelet transfusions.

Each donation can make a significant difference in someone’s life. We encourage you to contact our facility for specific details, to learn how you can get paid with platelet donation and to clarify any concerns about the process or eligibility criteria to become a donor today.

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Why Choose PlasmaSource for Platelet Donation?

At PlasmaSource, your donations change lives. 

We prioritize your safety, ensuring a secure environment that meets the highest quality standards. Our streamlined process makes donation easy—from eligibility confirmation to scheduling.

We value your time and dedication, compensating you for each donation—your comfort matters, with personalized experiences and amenities like free Wi-Fi and entertainment during donations. 

Our commitment extends to advancing medical science and meeting the growing needs of patients worldwide.

We encourage you to join us in making a difference. Donate to PlasmaSource for a safe, rewarding, and impactful experience that supports life-changing treatments.

Ready to Get Started?

Are you interested in becoming a plasma and platelet donor? Contact our our plasma donation center in Aurora, IL to schedule an appointment today.