Did you know that our blood is made up of four components viz platelets, plasma, red blood cells and white blood cells? During Platelet donation, a small portion of your blood will be drawn from your arm and passed through a sophisticated cell separating machine.
The machine will collect the platelets from the blood and safely return the remaining blood components, back to you. It is a simple safe process very much like a regular blood donation and can help save lives especially those undergoing bone marrow transplant, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatment or organ transplant.
It is also highly required for patients suffering from Dengue and Malaria too. The amazing thing about platelet donation is that your body is able to replenish its supply of platelets very quickly so there is always plentiful supply.
As a donor, you are allowed to donate platelets twice a week, unlike routine blood donation, which can be done only once in 3 months. However, donors are allowed to donate platelets maximum 24 times a year.